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Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream by Neil…

Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream (2012)

by Neil Young

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Biography. Music. Neil Young is a singular figure in the history of rock and pop culture generally in the last four decades. Reflective, insightful and disarmingly honest, in Waging Heavy Peace he writes about his life and career. HARD
  JRCornell | Jan 29, 2019 |
This is a stream of consciousness autobiography: it does not start from our eponymous hero's birth until the present date, rather,it is an insight into his thinking.

Don't read this book hoping to get any understanding of Young's work or, in truth, his life. It is an entertaining read and leaves one quite endeared to the old rogue, but little wiser as to what makes him tick. We learn more about PureTone, his revolutionary new recording system and his love of old automobiles and model railroads - very rock and roll. ( )
  the.ken.petersen | Nov 17, 2018 |
Right away I have have to say that although I own a few of Neil Young's albums, I have never been what might be called a fan. But this fun, rambling conversation - for, although one-sided, that's what it is - shows that the guy is a charmer. It's as if he created the book by recording his voice as he remembers random topics, then printed it. As well as music, he refers often to his love of model trains, cars - lots of cars - guitars, and his dedication to creating a system that will bring improved sound quality of recorded music. He is also devoted to his two sons who were born with cerebral palsy and to his daughter. Young's life has had more than his fair share of tragedy but his autobiography is sunny and refreshingly unpretentious. He often acknowledges those who helped him along the way and never has an unkind word for anyone. Now I'm a fan.

My version was an audiobook with excellent narration by Keith Carradine. ( )
1 vote VivienneR | Jul 30, 2017 |
Loved it. Reading it made me feel like I was hanging out with Neil for a few days. His writing style is simple but he reveals a complex character. He seems quite honest in his reflections, with a clear sense of his strengths and weaknesses and how he has impacted people over the years. Much time is devoted to describing the people he's worked closely with over the years, and his appreciation of them. More interesting in some ways was learning about the projects he's working on and the things he's collected over the years. To find out more you'll have to read it yourself :-) ( )
  Eye_Gee | May 8, 2017 |
Neil Young gave up smoking, drinking and drugs after a health scare. But would this change in lifestyle cause the loss of his muse. In clunky prose, Young provides vignettes of his life as a rock and roll star, always doing things his way, despite the disappointment of others. He always follows the music where it leads. As he does with his many projects - whether it is restoring old classic American cars, promoting a new music player (Pono), making model railways or developing an electric Yank Tank!
It's a leisurely 650 page meander through the musings of a music great. ( )
  orkydd | Feb 2, 2017 |
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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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