gopherprairieexile, January 14, 2013 (view all comments by gopherprairieexile)
Neil redefines stream of consciousness, but he's redefined so much in his life and career, why not? I do have to admit that sometimes, his penchant for repeating himself got on my nerves, but when you experience a person worth knowing, in person or through his or her expression, whatever that expression may be, something is going to get on your nerves. The question is: is this person worth it? Does the good far outweigh the bad? In this case, of course. This is Neil Young. What a pleasure it was for me to read a book by one of my most cherished musicians which wasn't mostly a catalogue of devastating drug addiction, didn't treat every encounter with every woman over a fifty year period as if it had the significance of the invention of the wheel, or mention the size of Mick Jagger's penis. (I'm looking at you Keith and Pete.) Let me share one quote with you: "Am I too cosmic about this? I think not, my friend. Do not doubt me in my sincerity, for it is that which has brought us to each other now." Would add ten years to my life if I could have coffee with this man.
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ronaldgthomas54, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by ronaldgthomas54)
Neil Young has a conversation with us. For me, especially enriching to get to the know the man, his musical adventures, as a Dad and husband, a film maker, inventor, lover of classic cars and trains. Ordinary guy whose accomplishments are extraordinary. I used to draw stage sets with stacks of amps, double bass drum sets - and when playing my guitar - always wanted 'fat' notes and great tone. I'll be looking forward to his release of Pono. Digital music heard as music should be..... full, nuanced, and with feeling. It is all about the SOUND. Gimmee.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by 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.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
by Eddie Vedder,
"Young has consistently demonstrated the unbridled passion of an artist who understands that self-renewal is the only way to avoid burning out. For this reason, he has remained one of the most significant artists of the rock and roll era."
by David Carr, The New York Times,
“Elliptical and personal...Waging Heavy Peace eschews chronology and skips the score-settling and titillation of other rocker biographies. Still, Young shows a little leg and has some laughs....As the book progresses, the operatics of the rock life give way to signal family events, deconstructions of his musical partnerships and musings on the natural world. It is less a chronicle than a journal of self-appraisal.”
by Ted St. Godard, Winnipeg Free Press,
“Waging Heavy Peace finally is Neil Young on Neil Young. Inasmuch as this memoir compares to anything, it's Dylan on Dylan in Chronicles Volume 1, and at the risk of offending, one must read it as perhaps one might the Bible: Young's reality is plastic, his prose prophetic; and myth, metaphor and madness meander through his musings....It is a beautiful book, and the sturdy stock gives it a substantial heft. The prose is conversational, peppered with sentence fragments, more stream-of-consciousness than narrative. This in itself is lovely, as reading this book likely is a close as most of us will get to riding with Young in his bus, shooting the breeze, reminiscing.”
by Wesley Stace, Wall Street Journal,
“Terrific: modest, honest, funny and frequently moving…Waging Heavy Peace takes the form of a diary, a life-in-the-day structure that gives Mr. Young room to maneuver, as he takes us on a wander round his memory palace....In many ways, the closest antecedent to Waging Heavy Peace may be Laurence Sterne's 1760 masterpiece, Tristram Shandy....Elegance itself.”
by Suzanne Vega, The Times (London),
“An inspirational account of tragedy, triumph, and toy trains....If you love Neil Young you will love his autobiography....There is humor in his approach, and a preoccupation with the feeling of things; of sound, and with the world of soul and spirit....[Young’s] is a hero’s story; a man put through trial after trial who is still fighting at the end with humor, courage, and rage to be the most powerful and genuine artist he can possibly be.”
by David Ulin, The Los Angeles Times,
“Revealing, even (at times) oddly beautiful, a stream-of-consciousness-meditation on where Young has been, where he thinks he's going and, perhaps most revealing, where he is right now....It is compelling to see a figure as prominent as Young — arguably one of the five or 10 most influential figures in the history of rock 'n' roll — express himself in such an unfiltered way.”
by Simon Vozick-Levinson, Rolling Stone (starred review),
“Full of casual asides, unpredictable tangents and open-ended questions as he looks back on his life at age 66....Young appears to be setting down his memories in real time as they occur to him...Dryly hilarious...poignant....Waging Heavy Peace shows that Young is still in full possession of that stubborn, brilliant, one-of-a-kind instrument. He doesn't always go exactly where you want him to, or stay long enough once he gets there, but did anyone really expect anything else?"
by Dan DeLuca, Philadelphia Inquirer,
“Like an epic jam with Crazy Horse, it's loose and baggy and always in the moment....The strength of Waging Heavy Peace lies in its openness and honesty. When you put Young's book down, you feel you know him.”
by Bob Ruggiero, The Houston Chronicle,
“An honest, insightful, engaging and, dare we say, fun literary rambling. It’s a yarn told by a good buddy in a dark bar over beers and tequilas with great music on the jukebox in the background.”
by Entertainment Weekly,
“Surreal....Fittingly, Peace unfolds like a blustery Crazy Horse jam...occasionally hitting on an enrapturing revelation...a contradictory tale...refreshing.”
by Jeff Miers, Buffalo News,
“Young writes with dry eloquence in a voice that is clearly his own....His narrative voice is like his music — direct, emotional, hopeful, sometimes funny, willfully naïve, and often, quite beautiful....At its core, Waging Heavy Peace is a story about love of the enduring variety.”
by Portland Oregonian,
“Straight from the wandering mind and pure heart of Neil Young....Fascinating.”
by David Marchese, Spin,
“A thick, digressive epic...Waging Heavy Peace is like his career in microcosm. Nearly 500 elliptical pages long, the book is beautiful, psychedelic, rootsy, ragged, terse, boring, riveting, sad, funny, nostalgic and forward-looking....A must-read for Neil fans.”
“[Young] makes some of his finest music in this lyrical memoir, massaging our souls by hitting just the right chords with his words.”
An iconic figure in the history of rock and pop culture (inducted not once but twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Neil Young has written his eagerly awaited memoir: 'I felt that writing books fit me like a glove; I just started and I just kept going'. Young offers a kaleidoscopic view of his personal life and musical career, spanning his time in bands like Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Crazy Horse; moving from the snows of Ontario through the LSD-laden boulevards of 1966 Los Angeles to the contemplative paradise of Hawaii today. Candid, witty and revealing, this book takes its place beside the classic memoirs of Bob Dylan and Keith Richards.
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