Waging Heavy Peace

Waging Heavy Peace

A Hippie Dream

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An autobiography of rock musician, Neil Young.
Publisher: New York : Penguin, c2012.
ISBN: 9780399159466
0399159460
Characteristics: 497 p. :,ill.

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loudem
Aug 11, 2015

This book reads like a diary. The problem is it's all over the place with no sense of direction. Also it is so blatantly in need of an editor. Neil Young may be a super singer/songwriter and with me he's way up there, BUT he's no writer, I'm sorry to say. A real shake down by some credible editor would have eliminated much of the recurring phrases or idées fixes, such as cars, trains, cars and cars... Very annoying and pointless.

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Metoikos
Jun 14, 2015

The late, great Dorothy Parker was noted for for her very short book reviews, so in her memory, I'll try one of my own here: Neil Young writes just as well as he "sings," so you've been warned!

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t_strang
Jun 08, 2015

If you want insight into Neil Young, the man and the musician, you'll like this book.

However, if you're looking for a book with a coherent narrative, look elsewhere.

If you can bear with the rambling, you'll enjoy Young's stories... he gives you insights into his songwriting process, as well as the experiences along his musical journey. And as a local, I enjoyed reading his descriptions of his favorite Bay Area haunts.

My least favorite aspect of the book? Young has an annoying habit of bringing something up, but then abruptly dropping it because he doesn't want to get into it. That's all fine and good; I respect a person's privacy, and they don't owe me anything. However--if you don't want to talk about it, why bring it up in the first place???

If you're interested in Neil Young, and want to read his words, but can't handle a non-linear narrative, check out his later book, "Special Deluxe."

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uncommonreader
Jul 13, 2014

Neil writes about his family and friends and his obsessions, including his music, cars, trains and his love of nature, but especially about the music and what has been lost with new technology in terms of sound and experience. He never says anything bad about anyone and is appreciative of everyone along the way. He rambles and is sometimes banal, but reveals himself as a person of integrity and a real human being.

ColinSick Jun 05, 2014

Being a long in the tooth Neil Young fan I enjoyed this book. Anyone expecting Tolstoy need look elsewhere. Young's writing is like a pleasant backyard conversation, meandering where it will but always returning to the theme. Young's music speaks for itself so in this book he mainly talks of other things - friendship, family, cars, gear etc.. No dirt is dished although I'm sure he has some wild CSN&Y tales. No aspirations are dispersed unless you count those he sheds upon himself. It's about music and family for this guy and he has remained true to his vision. There are very few R&R survivors from the sixties that you could say that about. The one song that came back to me page after page is his I Am a Child. After finishing the book another came to mind - Long May You Run.

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AmyEighttrack
Oct 25, 2013

Good to read his story as told by himself. Some revelations are downright fascinating - like doing his recording leading up to - but never past - the cresting of the full moon. He makes the excellent point of what a Totally Different Experience it is listening to music in 'full spectrum' (phono records, cd's) as opposed to pared-down digital files. I Cannot Believe the loss of music in mp3's!!

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LT
Jun 25, 2013

Possibly due to his long history with drugs and alcohol (although he quit both shortly before starting the book), possibly due to incipient dementia (it runs in the family), Neil Young is hard put to develop a coherent paragraph. There are interesting facts in here, but they are buried in tangents, meanderings, and self-referential observations that have little meaning for the rest of us. Moreover, there is a little too much product placement for his project-in-development, PureTone (a new sound system that would provide convenient access to music listeners without the loss of data entailed by CDs and mp3s). I only wish some firm but kindly editor had taken Neil by the hand to help him polish the jewels that are no doubt scattered throughout the book. Neil comes across as an observant and likeable guy whose thought patterns are just not very well organized. Despite my great admiration for him as a musician, I couldn't soldier past the first two chapters.

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marcrrussell
May 07, 2013

yah, yah, he's a nut and his book-writing skills are Not on the same level as his songwriting- but, he's NEIL YOUNG, man!!! He has some insights...

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carolannbagan
Apr 10, 2013

love neil but this was crazy hard to read. very disjointed.

anagancereader Feb 28, 2013

Not bad but rambling in form.

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MikeEe
Dec 09, 2012

Neil takes the reader on a long meandering highway drive in a large Eldorado, talking about his family and his musical friends, and listening to Pono all the way.

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