Neil Young: American Traveller by Martin HalliwellNeil Young: American Traveller by Martin Halliwell

Neil Young: American Traveller

byMartin Halliwell

Paperback | December 15, 2015

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When Neil Young left Canada in 1966 to move to California, it was the beginning of an extraordinary musical journal that would leave song after song resonating across the landscapes of North America. From “Ohio” to “Albuquerque,” Young’s fascination with America’s many places profoundly influenced his eclectic style and helped shape the restless sensibility of his generation. In this book, Martin Halliwell shows how place has loomed large in Young’s prodigious catalog of songs, which are themselves a testament to his storied career as a musician playing with bands such as Buffalo Springfield, Crazy Horse, and, of course, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
Moving from the Canadian prairies to Young’s adopted Pacific home, Halliwell explores how place and travel spurred one of the most prolific creative outputs in music history. Placing Young in the shifting musical milieus of the past decades—comprised of artists such as Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, the Grateful Dead, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Devo, and Pearl Jam—he traces the ways Young’s personal journeys have intertwined with that of American music and how both capture the power of America’s great landscapes.
Spanning Young’s career as a singer-songwriter—from his many bands to his work on films—Neil Young will appeal not just to his many fans worldwide but to anyone interested in the extraordinary ways American music has engaged the places from which it comes. 
Martin Halliwell is professor of American studies at the University of Leicester. He is an author or editor of ten books, including Beyond and Before: Progressive Rock since the 1960s and American Thought and Culture in the 21st Century. 
Title:Neil Young: American TravellerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.25 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:December 15, 2015Publisher:Reaktion BooksLanguage:English

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Twisted Road

1. Ontario and Manitoba
2. Los Angeles
3. The Deep South
4. Northern California
5. Dream Traveller
6. Sonic Journeys

Conclusion: Human Highway
Photo Acknowledgements    

Editorial Reviews

“Halliwell’s study of Neil Young is a superb cultural history and a highly informed piece of music criticism. By situating Young’s songs and films in specific locations, as well as the deterritorialised realms of time and space, Halliwell explores the boundary-smashing nature of a fifty-year career that has transformed the history of North American music.”