“I have so many opinions about everything it just comes out during my music. It’s a battle for me. I try not to be preachy. That’s a real danger.”
“It’s bettet to burn out than to fade away”
― Neil Young
“If you follow every dream, you might get lost.”
― Neil Young
Eddie Vedder inducts Neil Young into R’nR Hall of Fame:
|Birth name||Neil Percival Young|
|Also known as||Bernard Shakey, Phil Perspective, Shakey Deal, Clyde Coil, Ol’ Neil, Joe Canuck, Joe Yankee, Marc Lynch, Pinecone Young|
|Born||November 12, 1945 (age 70)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Origin||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Genres||Rock, folk rock, country rock,experimental rock, hard rock|
|Occupations||Musician, songwriter, producer,director, screenwriter|
|Instruments||Guitar, vocals, harmonica, piano,banjo, ukelele|
|Labels||Reprise, Motown, Atco, Atlantic,Geffen|
|Associated acts||The Squires, The Mynah Birds,Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Crazy Horse, The Stray Gators, The Stills-Young Band, The Ducks, Northern Lights,Pearl Jam, Booker T. Jones, Leon Russell, Elton John|
Neil Percival Young, OC, OM (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter.
Young began performing as a solo artist in Canada in 1960, before moving to California in 1966, where he co-founded the band Buffalo Springfield along with Stephen Stills and Richie Furay, and later joined Crosby, Stills & Nash as a fourth member in 1969. He forged a successful and acclaimed solo career, releasing his first album in 1968; his career has since spanned over 40 years and 35 studio albums, with a continual and uncompromising exploration of musical styles. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website describes Young as “one of rock and roll’s greatest songwriters and performers”. He has been inducted into the Hall of Fame twice: first as a solo artist in 1995, and second as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1997.
Young’s work is characterized by his distinctive guitar work, deeply personal lyrics and signature alto or high tenor singing voice. Although he accompanies himself on several different instruments, including piano and harmonica, his idiosyncratic electric and claw hammer acoustic guitar playing are the defining characteristics of a varying ragged and melodic sound. While Young has experimented with differing music styles, including swing and electronic music throughout a varied career, his best known work usually falls into two primary styles: acoustic (folk and country rock) and electric (amplified hard rock, very often in collaboration with the band Crazy Horse). Young has also adopted elements from newer styles such as alternative rock and grunge. His influence on the latter caused some to dub him the “Godfather of Grunge”.
Needle and the Damage Done:
Young has directed (or co-directed) a number of films using the pseudonym Bernard Shakey, including Journey Through the Past(1973), Rust Never Sleeps (1979), Human Highway (1982), Greendale (2003), and CSNY/Déjà Vu (2008). He has been working on a documentary about electric car technology, tentatively titled Linc/Volt. The project involves a 1959 Lincoln Continental converted to hybrid technology, which Young plans to drive to Washington, D.C. as an environmentalist example to lawmakers there.
Young is an outspoken advocate for environmental issues and the welfare of small farmers, having co-founded in 1985 the benefit concert Farm Aid. In 1986, Young helped found The Bridge School, an educational organization for children with severe verbal and physical disabilities, and its annual supporting Bridge School Benefit concerts, together with his wife Pegi Young (née Morton). Young has three children: sons Zeke (born during his relationship with actress Carrie Snodgress) and Ben, who were diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and daughter Amber Jean who, like Young himself, has epilepsy. Young lives on his ranch in La Honda, California. Although he has lived in northern California since the 1970s and sings as frequently about U.S. themes and subjects as he does about his native country, he retains Canadian citizenship, having no desire to relinquish it. On July 14, 2006, Young was awarded the Order of Manitoba, and on December 30, 2009, was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Here is a mini concert well worth watching today:
Neil Young – BBC In Concert 1971
Live at the Shepherd’s Bush Studios, UK. 02.23.1971
1. Out on the Weekend
2. Old Man
3. Journey Through the Past
4. Heart of Gold
5. Don’t Let It Bring You Down
6. A Man Needs a Maid
7. Love in Mind
8. Dance Dance Dance
After Neil Young left the California folk-rock band Buffalo Springfield in 1968, he slowly established himself as one of the most influential and idiosyncratic singer/songwriters of his generation. Young’s body of work ranks second only to Bob Dylan in terms of depth, and he was able to sustain his critical reputation, as well as record sales, for a longer period of time than Dylan, partially because of his willfully perverse work ethic. From the beginning of his solo career in the late ’60s through to the 21st century, he never stopped writing, recording, and performing; his official catalog only represented a portion of his work, since he kept countless tapes of unreleased songs in his vaults.
-Stephen Thomas Erlewine (allmusic.com)
Album of the day:
After The Gold Rush (1970):
-Egil & Hallgeir