Waging Heavy Peace by Neil YoungWaging Heavy Peace by Neil Young

Waging Heavy Peace

byNeil YoungRead byKeith Carradine

Audio Book (CD) | September 25, 2012

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For the first time, legendary singer, songwriter, and guitarist Neil Young offers a kaleidoscopic view of his personal life and musical creativity. He tells of his childhood in Ontario, where his father instilled in him a love for the written word; his first brush with mortality when he contracted polio at the age of five; struggling to pay rent during his early days with the Squires; traveling the Canadian prairies in Mort, his 1948 Buick hearse; performing in a remote town as a polar bear prowled beneath the floorboards; leaving Canada on a whim in 1966 to pursue his musical dreams in the pot-filled boulevards and communal canyons of Los Angeles; the brief but influential life of Buffalo Springfield, which formed almost immediately after his arrival in California. He recounts their rapid rise to fame and ultimate break-up; going solo and overcoming his fear of singing alone; forming Crazy Horse and writing “Cinnamon Girl,” “Cowgirl in the Sand,” and “Down by the River” in one day while sick with the flu; joining Crosby, Stills & Nash, recording the landmark CSNY album, Déjà vu, and writing the song, “Ohio;” life at his secluded ranch in the redwoods of Northern California and the pot-filled jam sessions there; falling in love with his wife, Pegi, and the birth of his three children; and finally, finding the contemplative paradise of Hawaii. Astoundingly candid, witty, and as uncompromising and true as his music, Waging Heavy Peace is Neil Young’s journey as only he can tell it.
Neil Young’s music and songwriting—which span forty years and thirty-four studio albums of rock and roll, folk, and country, with shadings of blues, techno, and other styles—are among the most enduring and popular in modern times. From his early days with Buffalo Springfield through his solo career and collaborations with Crosby, Still...
Title:Waging Heavy PeaceFormat:Audio Book (CD)Dimensions:1 pages, 6 × 5.23 × 1.5 inPublished:September 25, 2012Publisher:Penguin Random House Audio Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1611761131

ISBN - 13:9781611761139

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not for the linear reader Fans of Neil Young--and I'm a big one--will get a lot out of this "autobiography." Like me, you'll enjoy the rambling opinions, the disjointed stories, the countless non sequiturs, but you'll also lose patience with them at times. As much a vehicle for Young to promote his new electric car technology and views on the perils of streaming music, Waging Heavy Peace is a fascinating view inside the mind of one of the great musicians of the last half century. If you know Young's career well, you know it's full of surprises and random course changes. That's what the book is like. If you're trying to get a sense of his career from those early Winnipeg days until his most recent albums, better to have a look James McDonuagh's Shakey first, THEN read this as a companion piece. Waging Heavy Peace will make a lot more sense if you already have McDonaugh's book digested. The style is perhaps a bit stiff. This is forgiveable for a man who has just taken up book-writing in his 60s. It reminded me often of those over-chipper and slightly awkward emails you get from older relatives still familiarizing themselves with the medium. Some great stories and glimpses into genius, but at the same time at want of an edit to remove accounts of Hawaiian shopping trips or stories that start off about Ronald Reagan and end up as a flip of the bird to music writers. Definitely worth a read, but take it for what it is. Usually the best music bios aren't auto.
Date published: 2013-01-18