The perfect gift for music lovers and Neil Young fans, telling the story behind Neil Young's legendary career and his iconic, beloved songs.
“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.
In his lively, rollicking, high-spirited, and reflective memoir, Young, the hugely influential Canadian singer-songwriter invites readers to sit down on his porch for comfortable conversations about his guitars, his bands, his cars, his inventions, his trains (he owns a small share in Lionel), and his family. Musically, he ruminates, he may or may not have peaked because "other things continue to grow and develop long afterward, enriching and growing the spirit and the soul." Young openly shares intimate moments of life with his sons, Zeke and Ben, who suffer from cerebral palsy, and his artist daughter, Amber, devoting entire chapters to the ways they have changed his life, as well as to his beloved wife, Pegi, and their life together. Like one of his long, inventive jams, Young weaves crystalline lyrics and notes about friends Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, and Bruce Springsteen, former band mates Stephen Stills, and the late great pedal steel player Ben Keith of the Stray Gators, with reflections on the enduring beauty of nature, and the lasting power and influence of music.
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Thanks for Sharing, Neil
Your book and music take me back to the great jams I've had on your songs and also CSN. It also makes me glad to know how much you appreciate the old cars, the wonderful model trains, nature, and quality audio. I wish you the best in your projects. Thank you for sharing so much of your life with us.
What a delusional, self important goober. I couldn’t get halfway through this book before I had to give up. Don’t waste your money. I only gave it 1 star because the app made me give a rating.
Waging Heavy Peace
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I love Neil's music, so took a chance on the book. He writes as if you are having a conversation with him & I loved that. It was great to find that he & I have a lot in common - that was a shock - from reading & loving "The Mists of Avalon" which has been made into a movie starring Julianna Margulies, to believing in The Goddess. And Orange Julius is alive & well in Snohomish County where I live.