Published: June 2013
'I felt that writing books fit me like a glove; I just started and I just kept going' Neil Young is a singular figure in the history of rock and pop culture generally in the last four decades. Reflective, insightful and disarmingly honest, in Waging Heavy Peace he writes about his life and career. From his youth in Canada to his first band's travels across the US seeking fame and girls, through Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash, to his massively successful solo career and his re-emergence as the patron saint of grunge on to his role today as one of the last uncompromised and uncompromising survivors of rock 'n' roll - this is Neil's story told in his own words. In the book Young presents a kaleidoscopic view of personal life and musical creativity; it's a journey that spans the snows of Ontario to the LSD-laden boulevards of 1966 Los Angeles to the contemplative paradise of Hawaii today. 'When I was young, I never dreamed of this. I dreamed of colours and falling, among other things . . .' Neil Young 'Eccentric, sprawling, absorbing. Before you know it you're at page 400 . . . and you don't want it to end. You see rock and roll history from the inside out.' Independent 'Engaging, touching, heroic.' Financial Times 'Intimate and frustratingly elusive. I laughed out loud. So many rock writers have given us Young's story that Waging Heavy Peace doesn't need to. Instead it gives fans something more generous. It gives them the man. By the end of the book, you feel like you've been hanging out with him, not reading about him.' Daily Telegraph 'Wildly idiosyncratic, unpredictable, bafflingly digressive, wryly funny, deeply moving, painfully honest . . . infuriatingly elusive and shot through with moments of rare insight and beauty . . . the perfect literary counterpart to the 50-year career it describes.' Guardian 'Wildly digressive, shot through with wit, insight and revelation.' Time Out 'Terrific- modest, honest, funny and frequently moving.' Wall Street Journal
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