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Waging heavy peace : a hippie dream
Neil Young
Adult Nonfiction ML420.Y75 A3 2012

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In his lively, rollicking, high-spirited, and reflective memoir, Young, the hugely influential Canadian singer-songwriter invites readers to sit down on his porch for comfortable conversations about his guitars, his bands, his cars, his inventions, his trains (he owns a small share in Lionel), and his family. Musically, he ruminates, he may or may not have peaked because "other things continue to grow and develop long afterward, enriching and growing the spirit and the soul." Young openly shares intimate moments of life with his sons, Zeke and Ben, who suffer from cerebral palsy, and his artist daughter, Amber, devoting entire chapters to the ways they have changed his life, as well as to his beloved wife, Pegi, and their life together. Like one of his long, inventive jams, Young weaves crystalline lyrics and notes about friends Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, and Bruce Springsteen, former band mates Stephen Stills, and the late great pedal steel player Ben Keith of the Stray Gators, with reflections on the enduring beauty of nature, and the lasting power and influence of music. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Iconic Canadian American rocker Young's (b. 1945) first memoir, composed during a rare break from making new music and without the aid of a ghostwriter, is a free-form series of digressions covering many personal and professional topics that span his long life and prolific career. Young splits his time between remembering and sometimes eulogizing the many musicians he has worked with and friends he has partied with through the years, telling stories from his sprawling musical career in nonchronological spurts, and explaining at length his two current design projects-large low-energy-consumption cars and high-audio-quality digital music players. Young also finds room to discuss his Canadian upbringing, his three beloved children and wife, Pegi, and his collections of vintage cars and model trains. Young's writing is simple, unfiltered, sometimes hilarious, and often filled with nostalgia and gratitude. He is quite candid about his many successes and failures as a musician, as a husband, and as a parent. Young offers revealing insights into his time in Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young and as a solo artist. Verdict Essential reading for all fans of Young, who, in his typical idiosyncratic, improvisational, and charmingly long-winded style, fills in the gaps of Jimmy McDonough's flawed Shakey: Neil Young's Biography.-Douglas King, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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