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Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream

Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream

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by Neil Young

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“I think I will have to use my time wisely and keep my thoughts straight if I am to succeed and deliver the cargo I so carefully have carried thus far to the outer reaches.”  --Neil Young, from Waging Heavy Peace
Legendary singer and songwriter Neil Young’s storied career has spanned over forty years and yielded some of the


“I think I will have to use my time wisely and keep my thoughts straight if I am to succeed and deliver the cargo I so carefully have carried thus far to the outer reaches.”  --Neil Young, from Waging Heavy Peace
Legendary singer and songwriter Neil Young’s storied career has spanned over forty years and yielded some of the modern era’s most enduring music. Now for the first time ever, Young reflects upon his life—from his Canadian childhood, to his part in the sixties rock explosion with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, through his later career with Crazy Horse and numerous private challenges. An instant classic, Waging Heavy Peace is as uncompromising and unforgettable as the man himself.

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Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone once paid homage to "Neil Young's blazing guitar and bruised wonder of a voice." We have been immersing ourselves in both since the Buffalo Springfield days of the mid-sixties and there is no sense of ending: Just last year, the Canadian-born performer released his first Crazy Horse album since 2004 and toured in support of his second album of the year. With the directness and candor that has marked his career, Waging Heavy Peace takes us from his Lionel train Ontario childhood through gigs with Crosby, Stills & Nash, and beyond. The sixties and seventies, but so much more. Now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

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“Elliptical and personal…Waging Heavy Peace eschews chronology and skips the score-settling and titillation of other rocker biographies. Still, Young shows a little leg and has some laughs…. As the book progresses, the operatics of the rock life give way to signal family events, deconstructions of his musical partnerships and musings on the natural world. It is less a chronicle than a journal of self-appraisal.” –David Carr, The New York Times

Waging Heavy Peace finally is Neil Young on Neil Young. Inasmuch as this memoir compares to anything, it's Dylan on Dylan in Chronicles Volume 1, and at the risk of offending, one must read it as perhaps one might the Bible: Young's reality is plastic, his prose prophetic; and myth, metaphor and madness meander through his musings….It is a beautiful book, and the sturdy stock gives it a substantial heft. The prose is conversational, peppered with sentence fragments, more stream-of-consciousness than narrative. This in itself is lovely, as reading this book likely is a close as most of us will get to riding with Young in his bus, shooting the breeze, reminiscing.” –Ted St. Godard, Winnipeg Free Press (Canada)

“Terrific: modest, honest, funny and frequently moving…Waging Heavy Peace takes the form of a diary, a life-in-the-day structure that gives Mr. Young room to maneuver, as he takes us on a wander round his memory palace… In many ways, the closest antecedent to Waging Heavy Peace may be Laurence Sterne's 1760 masterpiece, Tristram Shandy…Elegance itself.” –Wesley Stace, Wall Street Journal

“An inspirational account of tragedy, triumph, and toy trains…If you love Neil Young you will love his autobiography….There is humor in his approach, and a preoccupation with the feeling of things; of sound, and with the world of soul and spirit…. [Young’s] is a hero’s story; a man put through trial after trial who is still fighting at the end with humor, courage, and rage to be the most powerful and genuine artist he can possibly be.” –Suzanne Vega, The Times (London)

“Revealing, even (at times) oddly beautiful, a stream-of-consciousness-meditation on where Young has been, where he thinks he's going and, perhaps most revealing, where he is right now.” –David Ulin, The Los Angeles Times

“[Waging Heavy Peace] isn’t a book to part with. It is as charismatically off the wall as Mr. Young’s records, and the recent concert films so imaginatively directed by Jonathan Demme. And however privately calculating it may be, it seems completely free of guile….[A] playful, capricious portrait…Waging Heavy Peace has an affirmative spirit that is one of its most poignant qualities.” –Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“Full of casual asides, unpredictable tangents and open-ended questions as he looks back on his life at age 66.... Dryly hilarious...poignant....Waging Heavy Peace shows that Young is still in full possession of that stubborn, brilliant, one-of-a-kind instrument. He doesn't always go exactly where you want him to, or stay long enough once he gets there, but did anyone really expect anything else?" –Simon Vozick-Levinson, Rolling Stone (four stars)

Waging Heavy Peace is a convoluted road map to that life, drawn on cocktail napkins and pinned up with refrigerator magnets — part free-form blog, part liner notes to some future hundred-disc anthology and part loopy travelogue through one aging hippie’s expansive backyard….Young’s voice here is pure, unadulterated Neil.” –Howard Hampton, The New York Times Book Review

“An honest, insightful, engaging and, dare we say, fun literary rambling. It’s a yarn told by a good buddy in a dark bar over beers and tequilas with great music on the jukebox in the background.” –Bob Ruggiero, The Houston Chronicle

“Young writes with dry eloquence in a voice that is clearly his own…His narrative voice is like his music—direct, emotional, hopeful, sometimes funny, willfully naïve, and often, quite beautiful… At its core, Waging Heavy Peace is a story about love of the enduring variety.” –Jeff Miers, Buffalo News

“Lively, rollicking, high-spirited, and reflective… Like one of his long, inventive jams, Young weaves crystalline lyrics and notes about friends… with reflections on the enduring beauty of nature, and the lasting power and influence of music.” — Publishers Weekly (starred)

Meet the Author

Neil Young’s music and songwriting—which span forty years and thirty-four studio albums of rock and roll, folk, and country, with shadings of blues, techno, and other styles—are among the most enduring and popular in modern times. From his early days with Buffalo Springfield through his solo career and collaborations with Crosby, Stills & Nash, Crazy Horse, and dozens of other notable musicians and groups, Young is acclaimed for both his musical talents and his artistic integrity. With a major hit in every decade since the sixties, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice (as a solo artist in 1995 and as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1997). A well-known political activist, environmentalist, and philanthropist, Young has been involved in several causes, notably cofounding Farm Aid and The Bridge School, which assists children with physical impairments and communication needs.

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abbzug More than 1 year ago
Like a listen of On the Beach I have left on repeat for hours with no intention of changing for fear of interrupting the vibe, I have not been able to put this book down. Coincidentally I am a Neil Young fan, so while that probably results in a biased review, I can't imagine anyone else reading this book if they aren't also a fan of the man. Mostly, I think Young realizes this, too, and I especially love the moments he speaks directly to the reader - checking to see that we are still listening, most likely, because it does get a bit lengthy and rambling....but that's possibly exactly the intoxicating authenticity that appeals to me so much about this work. This book is uncomplicated. It is conversational. It is honest. It has moments of humility and moments of indulgence. Don't we all. The most enjoyable thing about it for me is its tendency to ruminate...I read portions out loud to my husband as we drove in the car for hours and no matter where I left off before or how much he missed in between, I could always just pick up where I was currently at because there is no "order." Like a good Neil Young listen, you can drop in when you feel like it and come back to it later and feel as if nothing passed between you, yet can still discover something new to appreciate. At the end of the day, it's always a good time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The review above is very well written and truthful. I, too, am a Neil Young fan, but found this book difficult to stay focused on. His lack of any kind of chronological order is confusing and his tendency to jump around from one subject to another gets annoying. I almost stopped reading it, but decided to persevere. Neil, stick to being the great musician and songwriter that you are, and leave the writing to real authors!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a Neil fan, you MUST read this. I also think it's worth the extra couple bucks for the Deluxe edition with pictures, video and music. That said, I absolutely love the way his mind works and gets the words to paper. Reading this got me into his world... I was not expecting that and am completely thrilled I went there! The way Neil continues to challenge himself, his fans and the world is evident in his music, writing, productions and inventions. In addition to being enriched by this book, I have fallen in love with and have great respect for Neil Young, the family man. TLC in Y-Town
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fascinating journey through the life of Neil Young. Not your typical chronological autobiography, this book reads as you are sitting around hanging out with him all day. Whatever enters Neil's head makes it into this book. There are no boundaries, and you find out more about the man and his passions. There are no shots taken here as in many autobiographies, in fact Neil is proud of all the achievements from his past in music and the talent he played with. Neil has not lost his zest for life in maturity. A great read unlike any other rock and roll biography.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is many things: biography, diary, sales brochure. I think Neil self-assigned himself the task of writing every day, and just wrote whatever was on his mind that particular day. One day he’s in a mood to reminisce, the next fired up about toy trains, the next all he’s got is what he did that day. There’s an exciting blurb about Neil Young goes to Cosco. What the heck? So, you don’t get a linear, focused, academic narrative. I’ve tried reading those about Neil and got totally bored. One get’s the sense in this book of getting to know a little about who Neil Young is. There is no co-writer or editor credited. The surprise is how very well written the individual blurbs are. Buy the book and hang with Neil for a while. That’s what it is.
nookreader5533 More than 1 year ago
Neil's book is outstanding. Its in depth description of the many sides to Neil offer an enlighten education of the man behind his music. The stories behind the songs, the music makers he has worked with and his personal tragedies, joys and accomplishments make this book a necessity for all Neil Young fans and a must read for those folks who are not yet a fan.
LorraineSwiss More than 1 year ago
I first loved Neil Young when I was in college in the early 70s, and this book feels like a long lost conversation with friends back in that era. The way in which his values and his love for music have formed his life is admirable. He is profound and, at times, profoundly funny in telling his story. Thanks for sharing all of your great gifts with us, Neil.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is excellent and i rarely read nonfiction but love his music and great story
harpyrec More than 1 year ago
He did a splendid job on this book,as he is who he is. neil writes this autobiography as he wrote and lived his life.anyone looking for a ghost written book can look elsewhere for the gossip-here,you will find blatant honesty and(admittedly,but gladly)all you ever needed to know about why he is so strong a person and writer,his true explanation of why the springfeild ceases in a time he wished it never had to,and finally his "journey through the past  and present"a title he perhaps should use. his blurbs for his lossless music files belief grows from annoying to loving once you get him as a person of exellence.
MurrayCode More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Neil Young and you will accept his unabashed self promotion of his current non-musical projects than this may be a good read. But if you want to know more facts about his life and musical projects than this is not the most informative. You are given a tour of his very creative mind through the many chapters that discuss what ever he was thinking as he wrote the book. A linear trip this is not! I was disappointed in that I had hoped to learn more about Neil's processes of writing, maybe a bit of a "discumentary" into a long and amazing number of true iconic tunes. Not to be. He mentions many iconic names in the music business, not just Canadian talent as he has really become a world citizen with his music and that's all well and good. But once again, I would have preferred more depth. Having just taken in his recent concert with Crazy Horse, I realize he performs what is currently important to Neil. Maybe that is why he has such acceptance. You get what is truly in Neil not what he hopes his audience wants. His book is just that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having had Neil Young being a large part of the sountrack of my life, I truly enjoyed this book. In this book, he has covered everything from his early years to his most recent life. The combination of information from his musical to personal life was great to read. Even though I have never met Neil, there was nothing in the book that was earth shattering info in; it all fit in perfectly with my perception of Neil from listening to his music and the few interviews I've read or seen. I am not a hard core reader so my belief that Neil's writing style is unique may be incorrect, although I do believe his style not going to be found in an English Composition 101 class. Thank you Neil, I loved your book and was sad when I got to the last page realizing there was no more to read.....for now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can't help increasing your respect for Neil Young after this approximately 500 page jewel. He comes across as an excellent family man whose love for his wife is consistent throughout the book. Leave it to Young to be your atypical rock star! I onlly recommend good reads and this is one. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book skips around a bit, but over all I really enjoyed it! I would think a follow up will come in the future. Its hard to get it all in one book.
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I thought the book was ging to be about his musical career but it wasn't. It focused on his electric car, PureSound abd several other things I didn't care about. I read about halfthe book and that was enough. I would not recommend it.
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5 stars neil
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I purchased this book as a gift. The recipient was pleased.
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