Neil Young FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Iconic and Mercurial Rocker

Neil Young FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Iconic and Mercurial Rocker

by Glen Boyd

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(FAQ). Neil Young has had one of the most remarkable careers in the history of music. He hasn't just outlived many of his contemporaries some of whom were great inspirations for him ("From Hank to Hendrix," as one of his own songs says); his artistry lives on through those he has inspired (Pearl Jam, Radiohead), and he remains relevant and vital well into his fifth decade of making music. Young also continues to crank out records at a rate that would kill most artists half his age. Between his solo and live albums, and his work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, his remarkable career has spanned well over 50 albums. Although he has experimented in genres from syntho-pop to rockabilly, Neil Young is best known for the fully cranked, feedback-laden noise he makes with Crazy Horse ( Rust Never Sleeps and Ragged Glory ) and the more introspective folk-pop ( Harvest ). The glue that binds his work together is the songwriting. Because when it comes to writing great, timeless songs, Neil Young has few equals. Neil Young FAQ is the first definitive guide to the music of this mercurial and methodical, enduring, and infuriating icon. From the Archives to Zuma and from the Ditch Trilogy to the Geffen years, this book covers every song and album in painstaking detail-including bootlegs and such lost recordings as Homegrown , Chrome Dreams , Toast , and Meadow Dusk . Obscure facts and anecdotes from the studio to the road, along with dozens of rare images, make this book a must-have for Young fans.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476813493
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date: 04/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
File size: 20 MB
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About the Author

Glen Boyd (Seattle, WA) is a music journalist who is currently music editor for the web magazine Blogcritics. A former contributing editor for Seattle's Rocket Magazine and Tower Records' Pulse, Boyd's work has also appeared in Spin magazine and The Source. Boyd worked as national retail marketing director for American Recordings from 1992 to 1994, and was cohost of Seattle's pioneering rap radio show KCMU Rap Attack from 1986 to 1992.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: Everybody Knows This Is Neil xv

1 I Am a Child: From Canada to California 1

2 Hello, Broken Arrow: Buffalo Springfield 10

3 A Dreamer of Pictures: Latter-Day Remembrances, Compilations, Anthologies, and Boxed Sets 18

4 Is This Place at Your Command? Neil Young, Elliot Roberts, and David Briggs 24

5 When I Saw Those Thrashers Rolling By: Neil Young and Crazy Horse 32

6 Sleeps with Angels (Too Soon): Departed Bandmates, Brothers in Arms, and Sisters in Song 40

7 You See Us Together Chasing the Moonlight: Neil Young's Bands 52

8 We Have All Been Here Before: A Brief History of Crosby, Stills, Nash (and Sometimes Young) 70

9 An Open Letter to Neil Young (Reprinted from an article originally published at Blogcritics magazine) 84

10 There Was a Band Playing in My Head, and I Felt Like Getting High: After the Gold Rush 87

11 I've Been to Hollywood, I've Been to Redwood: Harvest, Nashville, and the Stray Gators 97

12 So I Headed for the Ditch: Time Fades Away, On the Beach, and Tonight's the Night-Neil Young's Ditch Trilogy 106

13 Why Do I Keep Fuckin' Up? Neil Young's Biggest Commercial Flops 123

14 Hey, Ho, Away We Go, We're on the Road to Never: Neil Young's Most Underrated Albums 131

15 Sooner or Later It All Gets Real: Zuma, The Stills-Young Band, and the Return of the Horse 140

16 Dancing on the Night from Star to Star: Chrome Dreams, American Stars and Bars, the Ducks, Decade, and Comes a Time 146

17 More to the Picture Than Meets the Eye: Human Highway, Rust Never Sleeps, and the Punk-Rock Connection 154

18 Get Off of That Couch, Turn Off That MTV: Neil Young's Live Recordings 166

19 Piece of Crap: Five Essential Neil Young Bootlegs 179

20 A Kinder, Gentler Machine Gun Hand: Five Great Neil Young Concerts from Seattle, Washington 191

21 Why Do You Ride That Crazy Horse? Hawks and Doves, Re-ac-tor, and a Kid Named Ben 200

22 Sample and Hold: Trans, Island in the Sun, and the Geffen Years 209

23 Computer Cowboy: The Best Neil Young Websites 217

24 No Matter Where I Go, I Never Hear My Record on the Radio: The Shocking Pinks, Old Ways, and Farm Aid 222

25 Strobe Lights Flashin' on the Overpass: Landing on Water, Life, Muddy Track, and the Bridge School 232

26 Ain't Singin' for Pepsi: The Bluenotes, American Dream, Ten Men Working, and the Road Back Home 241

27 What We Have Got Here Is a Perfect Track: Eldorado, Times Square, the Young and the Restless 245

28 This Shit Don't Sell: A Brief History of Neil Young's Unreleased Recordings 249

29 A Thousand Points of Light: Freedom and Redemption for Neil in the Nineties 258

30 Don't Spook the Horse: Ragged Glory and Arc-Weld 264

31 From Hank to Hendrix: The Most Noteworthy Neil Young Covers, Collaborations, Send-ups, and Tributes 271

32 On This Harvest Moon: Thirty Years Later, the Sequel 280

33 Change Your Mind: Sleeps with Angels, Mirror Ball, and How the Punks Met the Godfather of Grunge 287

34 Good to See You Again: Broken Arrow, Dead Man, and Year of the Horse 297

35 Let's Roll: Silver and Gold, Looking Forward, 9/11, Are You Passionate?, and Greendale 303

36 Falling Off the Face of the Earth: Prairie Wind and Heart of Gold 312

37 Should've Been Done Long Ago: Living with War, "Let's Impeach the President," and the Freedom of Speech Tour 317

38 Sure Enough, They'll Be Selling Stuff: The Resurrection of the Archives 323

39 No Hidden Path: Chrome Dreams II, Linc/Volt, and Fork in the Road 329

40 I Said Solo, They Said Acoustic: Neil Young Brings Le Noise to the Twisted Road 335

41 Buffalo Springfield Again: Holding Our Breath with Our Eyes Closed 342

42 Words (Between the Lines of Age): What Other Artists Have to Say About Neil Young 345

Selected Bibliography 351

Index 355

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