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Shakey: Neil Young's Biography

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Rambling, ragtag, and confusing - like Young himself

It's impossible to ever assemble a clear picture of the notoriously reclusive and contrarian Neil Young, Canadian rock superstar and writer of some of the most evocative songs in modern history. Jimmy McDonough interviews hundreds of people to paint the most comprehensi...
It's impossible to ever assemble a clear picture of the notoriously reclusive and contrarian Neil Young, Canadian rock superstar and writer of some of the most evocative songs in modern history. Jimmy McDonough interviews hundreds of people to paint the most comprehensive picture he possibly can, but you'll still find yourself frustrated by gaps that frankly can NEVER be filled. It's so crammed with amazing stories, anecdotes, and a sprawling interview with Young itself that you won't mind too terribly, though.

posted by kthorjensen on December 30, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

whose biography is it anyway?

Let's see....McDonough spends years interviewing friends,colleagues,and partners of Young's. Yet whose name is on every even-numbered page? It ain't Neil Young's. McDonough breaks the first rule of biographies: the author isn't the subject of the book. While the boo...
Let's see....McDonough spends years interviewing friends,colleagues,and partners of Young's. Yet whose name is on every even-numbered page? It ain't Neil Young's. McDonough breaks the first rule of biographies: the author isn't the subject of the book. While the book is fascinating reading (and re-reading) for one who has listened to Young since 1970, McDonough's constant intrusion and interjections of himself are annoying and diminish the book's overall enjoyment.

posted by Anonymous on February 25, 2003

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2006

    Fawning and sycophantic fan-biog.

    Having always loved Neil Young's music and been fascinated by his life I was looking forward to this biog. However I did not enjoy Mcdonough's work at all. The problem is that Mcdonough clearly believes Young is God and can do no wrong. Every one of Young's pronouncements is greeted with something approaching the awe worthy of a deity. Young, in fact, according to Mcdonough, can do no wrong. By about chapter 3 it had ceased to be a biography and become a sustained love letter to someone the author obviously worships to the point of distraction. I guess this is the problem with 'authorised' biographies and it doesn't make for good reading. Everyone around Young (apart from his manager) is made out to be shallow, incompetent amd idiotic (or all three). This is particularly the case with regard to Crosby, Stills and Nash. The author obviously despises all three of them and does his best to denigrate them at every opportunity. However he never fully explains why, if they're such assinine and talentless buffoons, Young consistently returned to write, tour and record with them for 20 years and more. The fact that this may say more about Young's integrity than it does about CSN is never even addressed. Such is Mcdonough' level of bile to all things 'non-neil' the effect is comical. Mcdonough sneers at CSN for their drug excesses and overblown lifestyles, careful to distance Young from this behaviour. Laughably, and without a trace of irony, in the very next chapter sounding not unlike an infatated schoolgirl, he gleefully and breathlessly celebrates Young's own drug and lifestyle excesses. The overall effect of the author's tiresome fawning was to make me positively come to despise Young (or at least Mcdonough's 'God-like' version of the man). In sum, if you're looking for a genuine critical analysis of Young's life and work you wont find it here.

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