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Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young

Waging Heavy Peace (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Neil Young

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Title:Waging Heavy Peace
Authors:Neil Young
Info:Blue Rider Press (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 512 pages
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This was not the most engaging autobi I've read but it was simple and down to earth.
I only knew Young from CSNY....I needed to take an opportunity to meet the man ( )
  pennsylady | Feb 1, 2016 |
En realidad, como él ya dijo, no se trata exactamente de unas memorias, porque no siguen un orden cronológico sino que va escribiendo capítulos mezclando recuerdos que saltan del pasado al presente y viceversa, entremezclando opiniones e historias sin ningún orden aparente. A mi me recuerdan mucho a las memorias de Bob Dylan, que seguían un esquema parecido.

He leído muchas opiniones, tanto a favor como en contra de este libro. Que si está mal escrito, que si habla demasiado de sus proyectos Pono y Lincvolt…A mi lo cierto es que me han gustado, precisamente porque aquí Neil habla de lo que le gusta, de sus obsesiones, de su vida cotidiana, y eso es algo que pocas veces podemos entrever de un personaje así. El libro está escrito de una manera sencilla y coloquial, y eso es lo que le da todo su valor, se puede sentir al propio Young mientras lo estás leyendo.

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  labrujulaverde | Sep 23, 2015 |
Neil needs an editor, and badly. I gave this book three stars because he tells some great stories, but the narrative is rambling and repetitive. The "Deluxe" means the book includes links to song clips and other fun stuff to keep the reader engaged. It's an interesting book, just don't expect great literature. ( )
  Nadine_Feldman | Aug 26, 2015 |
Unlike any other autobiography I've ever read. You could probably loathe Neil Young's music, and still enjoy the extraordinary humanity this. Its great strength is perhaps its almost total lack of structure, as it flits forwards/backwards in time and from one subject to another (nature, cars, recording technology, drugs, family affairs...) in the most spontaneous way imaginable.

The sort of book you'd prefer to own (rather than just read), in order to be able to dip into it whenever you feel in need of the "feelgood factor" that pervades Young's wonderful writing. ( )
  dom61uk | Aug 4, 2015 |
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  Nivram | Nov 24, 2014 |
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If this is starting to sound random and a little irritating, that’s because it is. But as the book rolls on, it gathers heft and builds toward a vivid but disjointed picture of Young’s life.
Not many authors explain their reasons for writing books as bluntly as Neil Young does in “Waging Heavy Peace.” First of all there’s the thing now known as the Keith Richards phenomenon: there turns out to be a large and lucrative market for memoirs from rock stars. In a two-page chapter called “Why This Book Exists” Mr. Young explains that his book will be a goose that lays a golden egg. He’s writing it because it will earn him enough money to stay off the stage for a while, which he badly needs to do for mental and physical reasons. “It all started when I broke my toe at the pool,” he explains.....
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His distinctly unplugged prose can plod along in an artless, ruminative sort of way, or it can – very occasionally – take wing. The style turns out to be as unpredictable a combination of awkwardness and grace as his music, lurching from sudden insights – "the muse has no conscience", he notes, meditating on his readiness to do the dirty work of firing colleagues who fail to meet his standards – to the occasional aside of such startling banality that the reader pauses, searching in vain for a redeeming irony: "California really is beautiful if you've never been there. It's worth a visit for sure." There are lots of exclamation marks, and even an "OMG", which sounds odd coming from the pen of a 66-year-old man.
That a musical shape-shifter like Neil Young would take an unorthodox approach to his memoirs is to be expected. Indeed, this charming, poignant volume is much like Young’s oeuvre: sustained periods of pure delight punctuated by sudden, unexpected turns. The stream in Young’s stream-of-consciousness is more like a river that’s burst its banks.

Seemingly unfettered by editors, and certainly not by chronology, Young tells us what he can remember in the manner and order he remembers it and – as he frequently informs his readers – has a blast doing so. We get a cursory tour of his upbringing in Winnipeg and the Ontario town of Omemee, and his early days in Toronto’s Yorkville music scene. A good portion of the book deals with the 1970s, and Young writes with passionate nostalgia about his work with bands such as Buffalo Springfield, CSNY, and Crazy Horse. Inevitably, the book is in part a paean to the many people Young has lost over the years, including David Briggs, his long-time producer and best friend.

Young is an avid collector of guitars, model railways, and vintage cars (he cannot describe a journey without telling us what he was driving). He also has an entrepreneurial streak, and allots a considerable – some might say inordinate – amount of space to his current pet projects: a hybrid electric car and a master-quality digital music format.

Fans are bound to feel frustrated by the book’s many omissions. For example, we never find out when Young first picked up a guitar. And though he speaks lovingly of both parents, he fails to mention his mother’s death. Young’s sons Ben and Zeke both have cerebral palsy, despite being born to different mothers. Although Young devotes a good number of pages to Ben, more insight into his personality and the challenges of raising him would have helped round out the picture.

Young’s relative lack of attention to his personal life feels less like self-editing than simple honesty: he often describes his life as being “dedicated to the muse.” Drugs and alcohol form an integral part of that muse. Young explains that he hasn’t written a single song since going sober in 2011. He may, however, have found a different outlet for his creative side: Young credits sobriety with unleashing his inner author, and we can apparently look forward not only to another instalment in his memoirs, but a book of fiction as well.
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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 “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, Déjà 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.

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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.

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