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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 and#147;Cinnamon Girl,and#8221; and#147;Cowgirl in the Sand,and#8221; and and#147;Down by the Riverand#8221; in one day while sick with the flu; joining Crosby, Stills and Nash, recording the landmark CSNY album, Dand#233;jand#224; vu, and writing the song, and#147;Ohio;and#8221; 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 Youngand#8217;s journey as only he can tell it.
From Neil Young, the iconic musician and New York Timesbestselling author of Waging Heavy Peace, a second installment of his memoirs.
Neil Youngand#8217;s first memoir, Waging Heavy Peace,
was an international bestseller and critical sensation. The Wall Street Journal
wrote that it was and#147;terrific: modest, honest, funny and frequently moving,and#8221; while The New York Times
found it and#147;as charismatically off the wall as Mr. Youngand#8217;s records.and#8221; Now, in Special Deluxe
, Young has fashioned a second work of extraordinary reminiscences about his Canadian boyhood, his musical influences, his family, the rock and#8217;nand#8217; roll life, and one of his deepest, most ebullient passions: cars. Through the framework of the many vehicles heand#8217;s collected and driven, Young explores his love for the well-crafted vintage automobile,and examines his newfound awareness of his hobbyand#8217;s negative environmental impact. With his ferocious devotion to clean energy, he recounts the saga of Lincvolt, his specially modified electric car, and his efforts to demonstrate to lawmakers and consumers how viable non-gas-guzzling vehicles truly can be.
Special Deluxe captures Youngand#8217;s singular lyrical, almost musical, voice. Witty, eclectic, and wonderfully candid, Special Deluxe is an unforgettable amalgam of memories, artwork, and political ponderings from one of the most genuine and enigmatic artists of our time.
and#147;I think I will have to use my time wisely and keep my thoughts straight if I am to succeed and deliver the cargo I so carefully have carried thus far to the outer reaches.and#8221;and#160; --Neil Young, from Waging Heavy Peace
Legendary singer and songwriter Neil Youngand#8217;s storied career has spanned over forty years and yielded some of the modern eraand#8217;s most enduring music. Now for the first time ever, Young reflects upon his lifeand#151;from his Canadian childhood, to his part in the sixties rock explosion with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, through his later career with Crazy Horse and numerous private challenges. An instant classic, Waging Heavy Peace is as uncompromising and unforgettable as the man himself.
The iconic rock starand#8217;sand#160;New York Timesand#160;bestselling follow-up toand#160;Waging Heavy Peaceand#160;that and#147;reads like a great Neil Young song plays.and#8221; (The Buffalo News)and#160;
In this acclaimed new memoir, New York Times bestselling author Neil Young has fashioned another extraordinary work of reminiscences told through the lens of one of his deepest passions: cars. A lifelong devotee and collector, Young explores his love for the well-crafted vintage automobile and examines his newfound awareness of his hobbyand#8217;s negative environmental impact. Witty, eclectic, candid, and filled with Youngand#8217;s original artwork, Special Deluxe will appeal to car lovers as well as the legions devoted to one of the most genuine and enigmatic artists of our time.
About the Author
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, Stills and Nash, Crazy Horse, and dozens of other notable musicians and groups, Young is acclaimed for both his musical talents and his artistic integrity. With a major hit in every decade since the sixties, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. A well-known political activist, environmentalist, and philanthropist, Young has been involved in several causes, notably cofounding Farm Aid and the Bridge School, which assists children with physical impairments and communication needs.