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Neil Young: Reflections in Broken Glass
     

Neil Young: Reflections in Broken Glass

by Sylvie Simmons
 

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In 1966, an aspiring singer-songwriter drove a battered funeral car two thousand miles from his native Canada to Los Angeles to seek his fortune in the music business. Thirty-five years later, Neil Young is still going strong, the survivor of an astonishing career that has taken in the Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, numerous collaborations, and

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In 1966, an aspiring singer-songwriter drove a battered funeral car two thousand miles from his native Canada to Los Angeles to seek his fortune in the music business. Thirty-five years later, Neil Young is still going strong, the survivor of an astonishing career that has taken in the Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, numerous collaborations, and more than thirty solo albums. Featuring new and previously unpublished interviews with close friends and musicians, Simmons's book provides startling new insights into Young's music, shedding fresh light on his family life, behind-the-scenes relationships, and health problems.

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Publishers Weekly
Neil Young is an odd rock star. Never a big sex-and-drugs guy, he overdid the music part of the equation, making more than 35 records in as many years. So it's fitting that this volume the first in the new Mojo Heroes series of short music-legend bios should dedicate most of its space to Young's work. Simmons (Serge Gainsbourg: A Fistful of Gitanes) condenses her own reportage, along with a wealth of secondary sources, into a breezy and succinct narrative. She demonstrates that Young's career has been shaped mostly by his utter capriciousness. For example, immediately after making a hit record with Crazy Horse in 1969, he dumped the band for Crosby, Stills and Nash; when CSN&Y's new album became a smash, he went solo. Likewise, Young followed up his critically acclaimed rock and acoustic albums of the late 1970s with a handful of baffling synth-rock, rockabilly and electro-pop albums in the early '80s. (Even his own record company sued him in 1983 for making records that were "musically uncharacteristic" of earlier recordings.) This isn't the comprehensive Neil Young biography his fans may be awaiting, but it provides a selective tour of his varied and wildly diverse oeuvre. (Mar.) Forecast: Rock collectors and Young enthusiasts will likely snatch up this attractive hardback, as it's strictly limited to 7,500 copies. Other subjects in the Mojo Heroes series so far include Otis Redding, Arthur Lee (of Love) and Marvin Gaye. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781841953175
Publisher:
Canongate Books
Publication date:
03/10/2003
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
5.22(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Sylvie Simmons is an award-winning writer and one of the foremost music journalists working today. Born in London, she moved to Los Angeles in the late seventies and started writing about rock music for magazines such as Sounds, Creem, Kerrang! and Q. She is the author of acclaimed fiction and nonfiction books, including the biography Serge Gainsbourg: A Fistful of Gitanes and the short-story collection Too Weird for Ziggy.

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