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Neil Young: Long May You Run: The Illustrated Historyby Gary Graff
Synopses & Reviews
Since his first recordings with Buffalo Springfield in 1967, Neil Young has been described as brilliant, cantankerous, confounding, ruthless, mercurial, and vexing. Regardless, his profound musical influence and his status as a critical favorite cannot be denied. Now the first illustrated biography to span Young’s 40-plus years as a recording and touring musician (and nearly as many forays into divergent musical genres, some wags might say), is updated through 2012.
From Young’s earliest days in the Canadian folk and rock scenes through his tenures with Buffalo Springfield and CSN&Y and on to his varied solo career backed by bands including the Stray Gators, the Ducks, the Bluenotes, Booker T. & the MGs, Pearl Jam, and, of course, Crazy Horse, every aspect of Young’s long and varied career is covered. The book features the work of rock photographers from the 1960s to the present, as well as concert posters and ephemera from around the world, including picture sleeves, LPs, ticket stubs, pins, T-shirts, backstage passes, and more. Notable musicians from around the world chip in with commentary, and the book is further complemented with a discography and sidebars examining topics like Young’s involvement with Lionel toy trains (of which he is a part owner), Farm Aid, and San Francisco’s Bridge School.
While a number of narrative titles have chronicled Neil Young in one manner or another, this is the first illustrated history to span his 43 studio albums, 7 live releases, and 40-plus years as a recording and touring musician.
Neil Young has been described as brilliant, confounding, ruthless, mercurial, and enigmatic. Here is the book that dares to document his legacy.
Offering visual and critical tribute to the man and his music, this completely illustrated biography overflows with more than 400 photographs and collectibles, including rare posters, 7-inch picture sleeves, backstage passes, and ticket stubs. Veteran music journalists Daniel Durchholz and Gary Graff trace Young’s life from his Canadian boyhood to his latest releases, offering exclusive commentary from admiring musicians and a discography that spans sixty-plus albums.
The result is a visually stunning portrait of an artist whose profound musical influence cannot be denied.
Neil Young has been described as brilliant, cantankerous, enigmatic, and vexing. Regardless, his generation-spanning fan base and his profound musical influence cannot be denied. While a number of narrative titles have chronicled Neil Young in one manner or another, this is the first illustrated history to span his 41 studio albums, 6 live releases, and 40-plus years as a recording and touring musician. From Young's earliest days in the Canadian rock scene through his tenures with Buffalo Springfield and CSNY and on to his varied solo career, each aspect of the musician's career is covered. Photography from rock photographers of the 1960s to the present, as well as concert posters and memorabilia from around the world, are complemented by commentary from notable musicians around the world and a discography.
About the Author
Daniel Durchholz is co-editor of MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide and a former editor at Request and Replay magazines and at STLtoday.com. His byline has appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Stereophile, and many other publications. His weekly music segment can be heard on The Carney Show on KMOX-AM (St. Louis) and online at KMOX.com. He lives in Wildwood, Missouri.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist based in Detroit. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times Features Syndicate, Billboard, UPI, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Revolver, and other publications, as well as to radio stations in Detroit and Milwaukee. He is the editor of The Ties That Bind: Bruce Springsteen A to E to Z and the series editor of the MusicHound Essential Album Guides. He lives in Beverly Hills, Michigan.
Table of Contents
1. Dream Comfort Memory, 1945–1966
2. Expecting to Fly, 1966–1968
3. The Gold Rush, 1968–1972
4. Tired Eyes, 1972–1975
5. Like a Hurricane, 1975–1979
6. Transformer Man, 1980–1988
7. Freedom, 1988–1997
8. Let’s Roll, 1997–2009
9. Making Some (Le) Noise, 2009–Present
I. As Band Member or Solo Artist
III. As Guest Artist
IV. Tribute Albums
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