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Not the best biography I have ever read In fact, honestly, not really a biography at all If you re looking for a bio of Neil Young, this is not the book to read I found it incoherent, in the sense that it did not stick together I am not sure if this was the effect the author wanted to create, a lot of random mini stories thrown together If so, he succeeded If he was going for a biography, he failed He says at one point he didn t want a ghost writer I think it actually needed one, or perhaps a firm editorial hand I also felt there was way too much about Puretone, Neil s pet project to improve the quality of sound in distributed music a project with which I have a lot of sympathy I hate MP3 sound but he refers back to it in many separate chapters We get it, Neil, OK Now can we get to the biography part So in terms of actual biography, we get a fair amount about his roots in Ontario, which is interesting, though fragmented He spends time with other Canadian luminaries like Randy Bachman and Jodi Mitchell, but then when he comes to the USA, we hear almost nothing about Buffalo Springfield and even less about CSNY We do hear a fair amount about his various illnesses traumas like early childhood polio, later onset of epilepsy, and even an aneurysm, which are all things I learned about him We hear a lot about his hobbies again very interesting, but can we hear about CSNY too Then we hear a lot about his children s various problems, for which he again deserves a lot of sympathy and respect But again, I felt all these stories could have been organized and presented in a coherent manner So, I don t recommend the book Sorry, Neil The music still great, though [[ DOWNLOAD E-PUB ]] ☞ Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream ↳ 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 Buick Hearse Performing In A Remote Town As A Polar Bear Prowled Beneath The Floorboards Leaving Canada On A Whim In 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 Cinnamon Girl, Cowgirl In The Sand, And Down By The River In One Day While Sick With The Flu Joining Crosby, Stills Nash, Recording The Landmark CSNY Album, D J Vu, And Writing The Song, Ohio 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 Young S Journey As Only He Can Tell It Three stars by any rational measure but somehow I m giving it four anyway It rambles, repeats itself, bogs down in detail or flies over important stuff It s easy to say it needs an editor or a ghost writer but it wouldn t have been the same and might not have been better.Near the end Young reflects that he might have been a better person But throughout the book it s clear that for all his clashes and snap decisions, he has also spent time being a good person We see who he worked with and who influenced him we get a feel for the things he obsesses about We see a lot of evidence that Young has had a lot of money for a long time If he sees something he likes, he buys it or funds it Near the end he has eight houses on two properties But he never once seems like a guy who was ever motivated by money His laser focus on music is very clear It s lost him friends, and made him friends, and brought in that money that lets him have hobbies And it s fascinating to see that the music focus perhaps spills over to his hobbies, in sort of a go big or go home way And we see a bit about his relationship with his two physically challenged sons It s clear that having money helped him deal with the challenges, but nevertheless it s quite remarkable that the boys appear as his friends who happen to need help doing things A lot goes unsaid, but it s his choice And we gradually come to understand, now that he s clean and dry, the amazing extent to which Young spent decades marinading in drugs and alcohol, and managed to steer through when some close friends didn t Conclusion from book he s really one of a kind, and interesting. Neil Young is one of my best friends He, along with David Foster Wallace and Louis C K, are three people who I feel I can have a conversation with and be on the same page I am starving for the stimulation of connection with like minded souls Wallace has said all he ever will, and I ve read and listened to most of it I wonder if Neil Young will get around to reading him now that Young has moved into writing as a means of creative expression Louis C K continues to impress me with his ever evolving insight and forthright take into the human condition via his comedic creativity AND NOW, my oldest friend, the great singer songwriter Mr Neil Young surprises me with this memoir, which fills in some of mysteries of his music and life He is 67 at the time of the writing and seven months sober which he got into being straight for fear that he might lose his mind like his father did AND, he has a lot he wants to say via writing Neil Young was is a fragile, shy soul, stricken by polio as a child, and suffered from seizers who self medicated with pot, tequila, and cocaine for most all of his life Young says he hasn t written any music since given up weed alcohol, that The Muse has left him for now and that you can t force it This book is partly a recollection of his life he acknowledges many mistakes and regrets and music, a history of the times, and partly a real time blog like thing, and partly a hippie dream My favorite part is Chapter Sixty four Some chapters have sub titles Life in LA, On the Road, Friends for Life, Meditations, Hawaii 2011, and some only numbers, but they are in order the numbers, but not the events Neil Young is driving his self designed, battery powered 1961 Lincoln Convertible over a mountain pass in northern California Boys from the South recording by the Pistol Annies comes on and again I am taken by this music It appears from nowhere as a new release on Rhapsody No radio play No hype announcement Just real good country I suddenly realize that things have changed so much that I might be getting lost The old ways I know are losing ground My way is fading But I still feel No one can take that away from me It is a gift I still have and I want my own music to feel alive and vibrant as what I am hearing now Will that happen Will I just be reliving my glory days when I record again Will anybody hear it Doubt enters the picture as I slow to thirty and cruise by a horseshoe shaped complex on the side of the road RETIREMENT MOTEL, reads a neon sign The vacancy light is there, but I can t make out whether the sign is lit or not because the sun is hitting it.Young is a beautiful writer He never went to college, and learned to write by reading and because his father was a writer He did no editing or rewriting of the text just tapped it out on his iPad He wants to keep writing and eventually try fiction There are many black white pictures, mostly of the early days I first heard him with Buffalo Springfield in 68, or 69 In the fall of 1970, when I was living with a pig and my three dogs in a garage in Laporte, Colorado, taking fifteen hours of upper level Anthropology courses at CSU and smoking a lot of weed I wrote a paper inspired by his album After the Gold Rush, sent off a mimeographed copy to President Richard Nixon, picked up a beautiful coed, dropped out, bought a 1954 Doge Panel truck, and headed east to New Hampshire to live off the land Much later on, in 1982, I had my most violent explosion ever while coked up and drunk on Grand Mariner while listening to Like a Hurricane No one was witness to it, it wasn t aggressive, and no one got hurt it was just sexual frustration and impatience and Neil Young s music provided the soundtrack, as it often did for the forty plus years I ve been listening to him Anyway a favorite segue of Young s, along with the closing back in the day the point is, reading this made me feel like I m not alone There is one dude left who s been on the journey with me, who s not an alcoholic, dead, or sold out, which feels mighty good Who should read this Creatives and The Curious, as well as musicians There s a lot of technical stuff in here One of Neil Young s projects is to invent a new way of recording and transmitting music to capture the true sound of it Pure Tone, he calls it and writers, too, and those interested in things back in the day Long may you run, my friend Thanks for keeping me company Peace out. A very interesting book by Neil Young For one it is not really a memoir of sorts, but of an open ended series of short essays on the nature of getting old, some music, hardcore car culture, and an obsession with the sound quality of digital recordings and the nature of how music has been affected by technology All of it is interesting to me, because he s Neil Young.He repeats himself a tad much the book could use some extra editing in this regard but still, its nice to get inside his head and this is what the book is really about And what concerns Young is the writing of the book itself in many ways it reads like a private journal to himself, and he is sort of in a wonder how he can write a book He is also doing this sober, which is totally new to him He writes about not writing a song for a year due to what he thinks is the lack of drinking and smoking pot But he s totally open to new possibilities, and one feels that this book is just another avenue for him to dwell in The various health issues that run through his life and his family s is quietly depressing to me This is very much a book by a 65 year old man in many ways he s inventorying what s important in his life and he looks back not as a nostalgic trip, but to see how things could have been different or changed if possible.Also a large part of the book really goes into his obsession with car collecting and he has a strong aesthetic with respect to a certain type of American cars from the 60 s and 50 s Young, is without a doubt, is an otaku Meaning that he collects things that are important to him, and can obsessively discuss or write on that subject forever For him, each car has a certain narrative or history, and it sounds like if he does another book, that will be the subject matter He also collects toy trains and he has a firm understanding of its history that is impressive I am not a fan of Neil s music, I like some of it, but it doesn t move me the way it moves other people But still ,what I find interesting is his love of the sound of a guitar or amp His writing style is very simple, but he waxes poetry when discussing sound in a certain type of environment The beauty of the hum of an electric guitar or the sounds the amps make when turned on but not in use All of this is important to Young s aesthetic and how he makes his music Without a doubt he loathes the sound of CD s as well as the MP3 It seems he has invented a new version of the MP3, where the sound is recording studio quality And this book is almost an info commercial with respect to his company that he started for the purpose of making a better sound quality Waging Heavy Peace is not a major memoir by any means But it is an interesting piece of work by an artist who is still thinking things out. Disappointing Rambling and repetitive Too much car talk and not enough music talk It s too bad chapters weren t like Ch 67 where Neil finally gives the reader an interesting glimpse into his songwriting process Unfortunately, this occurs at the end of the book. You know that feeling of scurrying away to a secret place with someone s diaries in your hot little paws Err, okay maybe you don t This is how it felt to read through the wonderfully thick Waging Heavy Peace This is not a chronology of Neil Young in the way one might expect a rock memoir to be this is a collection of his musing on life, on his past, on his family, on his loves, and his relationship with drugs This is everything you want it to be I think I smiled while I read it literally, smiled Because he s just so honest, and he s the Neil Young you ve hoped him to be He s unpolished, and yet his writing is so beautiful at times that you instantly remember why he s one of the greatest songwriters of our time Particularly unexpected for me was his perspectives on his family, and his son Ben Young always said with the first and last name together never just Ben I like Neil as a rocker, and a legend, and an icon but I love him as a dad A great read Ashley Audrain, Director of Publicity I was given this book for Christmas and although I have been a big Neil young fan for decades I wasn t really optimistic that I would enjoy it But I really did I know that some people will find it rambling but I think it s a gem It s very personal and I got a real sense that Neil was trying to communicate something very complex, essential and yet dynamic in and everyday kind of way This is not a book about celebrity There are drug stories here and lots of little incidents about past mistakes, but it never gets self centred This is a book that started as an idea that just emerged to fill a cyclic void of song writing A normal and natural interruption to the muse It s different.Most autobiographies tend to be chronological, creating a sense that lives are lived as a series of events, developments, detours and re routings But I like this version better It s about the past, the present and what might be all at the same time Neil young has produced something that is a gift to an ethnographer His writing style is informal, personal and appears barely edited But that doesn t mean it s badly written or confusing Quite the opposite It gave me a real sense that I was understanding about the man, the way he thinks, the creative drives, obsessions and ways of reasoning that are fundamentally Neil Young I know I m a fan of his music and his whole approach to making and creating music but I don t think you need to be a fan to appreciate this book It is a real insight into one creative mind at work, everyday, all the time Obsessive, driven, repetitive, ultimately mundane and intensely emotional yes there is a lot of repetition, he keeps going back to his current energy and audio quality projects But that s important because they are the things which are located in the present.Like his music there is a lot of revisiting themes and ideas, a lot of improvisation But it was never boring And I am easily bored, especially when I am reading Repetition is important when you are trying to crete something new Like any kind of learning, you have to start with what you know, recognise the limits and then push the boundaries as far as they will go until you find yourself somewhere else I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the creative mind You don t need to be a Neil Young fan but it s probably worth listening to at least some of his older and newer material to get an idea of what is going on in this man s mind.With that qualification in mind this is a book I would highly reccomend to anyone who wants to know about the passage of time, growing older but staying passionate, being driven and always a dreamer Thanks Neil I really enjoyed this. HOMERUN NEEEEEEEIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL This shit is classically exasperating, pure Neil Young Like a lot of his albums over the past 15 years one gets the feeling that it might have been powerful with a little reflection and editing in the process but that s not Neil s thing and the diamonds are still scattered around in a lot of rough here As some critics have noted it is interesting to see the writing and flow get better as the book goes on Because it s basically unedited and Neil hasn t written a book before he starts pretty clunky, his voice dictational and having not yet found his literary voice yet but he picks up fast and by the end is actually playing with the form and rollicking around in the prose a bit like a real honest to god writer If Neil continues to write, one gets the feeling his pen hand could get dangerous over the next few rounds For deep Neil Young fans the issue of how good this book is is totally beside the point It s a must Fans looking for insight into the character and motivations and techniques of the artist and icon that is Neil Young as the public knows him would probably be best served to read this book and McDonough s Shakey back to back for a fun if not juicier and fuller picture of the icon the two books together create a kind of yin and yang Neil paints himself as a mellow old guy that really just wants to get lost in his interests and obsessions and enjoy a peaceful state of mind between his dances with the muse and his artistic excursions and claims that he s lived a totally uncalculated life and career You read the words gee whiz a lot on the page and in the melancholic and deeply wistful tone of his reflections McDonough on the other hand paints Neil as the ruthless brilliant prince of darkness cunningly and bombastically claiming his throne as one of the great rock and roll visionaries of the 20th century at any cost to his personal relationships and business adversaries In reality of course the truth is something other than a biographer or an autobiographer can tell us about an icon and we re left with how good the stories are be they true, false or somewhere in between and Neil tells some good ones here about experiences and folks both famous and from the shadowy annals of his personal life and pastoral ranch existence out of the spotlight WHP is never a slog, in fact it s a page turner even when you re bobbing like a bouy in a soft green sea through a page full of golly gosh, gee willickers, jimminy cricket those were the good old times, gee whiz I wish I could be jamming with my high school band again on surf tunes, those were the good old days Neil also talks a lot about being old He s honest about the joys and rewards of having lived a full life and the pleasure of reflecting on them as an older man, but he s also honest about the fears, the shadows and darkness that you live with as you grow older and you begin to lose your friends and companions to the onward march of time and know that you are slated for such a departure somewhere not too distant in an ever charging future Waging Heavy Peace is unique It s flawed, but it s Neil to the core and his memories are interesting, often fascinating even through his mellowing sunset colored glasses.