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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 February 25, 2003

    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 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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2002

    Author forgets who is the creative genius here

    This book starts as an informative, in-depth look at one of music's true greats. The problem, however, is that when it gets to the final years that the book covers, the author is actually there experiencing many moments with Neil. You would think this would be the best part, first hand accounts of life with Neil. It degenerates however, into the author telling us how he was constantly telling Neil Young how he should carry out his music. You get the feeling, that at this point, Young just keeps the author around for his own amusement. I sure he didn't take any serious advice from this second-rate hack.

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