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The Book of Neil (Young): How the Godfather of Grunge Became an Influencer of Jazz

Read "The Book of Neil (Young): How the Godfather of Grunge Became an Influencer of Jazz" reviewed by Kelley Suttenfield

As a child of the '70s, Neil Young's music was some of the first I heard played on the radio. Heart of Gold must have been piped into every café, truck stop, and grocery store in Central Virginia, where I spent my formative years. And if you were taking a road trip, scanning the stations meant you could easily hear it multiple times in one afternoon. Astonishingly, it remains his only number #1 hit to this day. Out of such ...

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Neil Young - To Feel The Music: A Songwriter's Mission To Save High-Quality Audio

Read "Neil Young - To Feel The Music: A Songwriter's Mission To Save High-Quality Audio" reviewed by Doug Collette

To Feel the Music: A Songwriter's Mission to Save High-Quality Audio Neil Young and Phil Baker 242 Pages ISBN: #1948836386 BenBella Books 2019 In his introduction to To Feel The Music, Neil Young ascertains that the point of decline in the sound quality of modern music began with the compact disc. In his mind and to his ears, that physical manifestation of the advent of digital sound constitutes an abhorrent occurrence for ...

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Neil Young & The Promise of The Real: Earth

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Ninety-plus minutes of performances recorded live on tour in 2015, then interspersed with sounds of the planet natural (birds and thunder) and manufactured (car traffic and trains), Neil Young's double-CD Earth documents his social concerns and the synergy he's developed with his most recent accompanists, Lukas Nelson and The Promise of the Real. A song selection spanning the rock icon's career, plus one unreleased number (an ode to the weed movement “Seed Justice" was originally and cryptically titled “I Won't ...

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Neil Young: Special Deluxe A Memoir of Life & Cars

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Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars Neil Young 384 Pages ISBN: # 0399172084 Blue Rider Press 2014 It's hard to believe Special Deluxe is written by the same man who wrote Waging Heavy Peace (Blue Rider Press, 2012). Neil Young sounded so selectively obsessive on that glibly titled and not so well-edited autobiography, his focused and conversational writing here, from the very preface on, is the proverbial breath of ...

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Neil Young: Waging Heavy Peace

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Neil Young Waging Heavy Peace502 pagesISBN: 9780339159466Viking2012An argument can be made that the three greatest artists in the history of contemporary rock music are Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Neil Young, in no particular order. The most controversial amongst the three would be Young. This of course comes from the fact that Young seems to almost purposely take the path that defies commercial success but it's also a ...

MUSIC AND THE CREATIVE SPIRIT

Neil Young and the 2010 Bridge School Benefit

Read "Neil Young and the 2010 Bridge School Benefit" reviewed by Lloyd N. Peterson Jr.

The Bridge School Benefit has become one of America's most anticipated annual musical events. Promoted by Pegi and Neil Young, to assist children with severe physical impairments and complex communication needs, this year's two day benefit promised to be one of the most remarkable of its 24 year history. With the first reunion of Buffalo Springfield in 42 years, it didn't disappoint. In 1986, Pegi and Neil sought an education for their son, Ben who was born ...

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Neil Young: Le Noise

Read "Le Noise" reviewed by Doug Collette

On Le Noise, Neil Young collaborates with famed producer Daniel Lanois (Peter Gabriel, {Bob Dylan, U2) and it's a fascinating experiment to be sure. Yet, to whatever extent this pair of like-minded Canadians are successful,they have outwitted themselves in an all too-obvious attempt (as with the play on words of the title) to present the artist as a lone voice trying to communicate amidst the noisy interference of contemporary culture. Given Young's credibility, they overstate the obvious. Even ...


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