Neil Young the Life and Times

neil youngNeil Percival Young is a Canadian born singer-songwriter who came to the U.S. in the 1960’s and co-founded the band Buffalo Springfield. This would be the beginning of 45 year music career that landed him in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. Throughout his musical career, Neil has produced No. 1 hits and created a name for himself among rock fans all across the world.

Neil was born on November 12, 1945 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Rassy and Scott Young. Young spent his childhood years in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada where he formed his first band, the Jades, while in junior high school. He also developed his distinguishing melodic guitar style and use of the “whammy bar,” which created a vibrato effect to add to his unique and somber, untrained voice. All of this happened before he became one of the best-known musicians of his time. In 1963, Neil formed a folk-rock band called the Squires. He dropped out of high school and began performing in Fort William, where he eventually began recording demos with his four band mates. He met Stephen Stills around this time, who was touring with his band, the Company.  Young decided to leave the Squires in the mid-60’s and began touring folk clubs in Winnipeg. He met folk musician Joni Mitchell as he traveled who would later write the song “The Circle Game” which was in response to Young’s song, “Sugar Mountain.”

He moved to Los Angeles, California in 1966 where he co-formed the band Buffalo Springfield with Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and Dewey Martin. This band would grow to attract a large following, and was acclaimed for its experimental and skilled instrumental pieces, inventive songwriting, and harmony-focused vocal composition. The band fell apart in a few years but was inducted to the Rock Hall of Fame, one of two times that Neil was inducted.  In the late 60’s Neil was back to solo work. In 1969, while still working as a solo artist, Young joined former Springfield member Stephen Stills and two other musicians, David Crosby and Graham Nash, to form the band Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Months after adding Young to the group they were invited to Woodstock to perform and later their subsequent tour and album release, Déjà Vu, put them in fame so much so that people were referring to them as the “American Beatles.” This became the one group that had all of its members inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame though not at the same time.

Neil Young continued on to release albums after leaving Buffalo Springfield. In 1979, Young released the album Rust Never Sleeps, which included the anthem “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black),” He also released the album Freedom in 1989, which includes the song “Rockin’ in the Free World.” This alternative song is often credited with starting grunge music. It earned Young the title “Godfather of Grunge,” which was more popular after the band Pearl Jam remade the song and performed it with him at the 1993 MTV Video Awards. In the 2000s Young began reflecting the souls of America, from the patriotic song, “Let’s Roll,” which was inspired by the heroism that came forth after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

In the 1980s, Young had a lot on his shoulders as he cared for his son, Ben, who suffered from Cerebral palsy. His older son suffered from the ailment as well.  As an avid model-train collector, Neil created a 700-foot model train track within a barn on his property.  He developed this train as a way to interact with his son Ben. Young’s experience with cerebral palsy, as well as the epilepsy of his daughter, Amber Jean, which is another issue he struggled with, resulted in Neil and his then-wife, Pegi, founding the Bridge School in San Francisco in the 1980’s. The Bridge School is a center for children with communication disabilities. They throw a yearly concert benefit for the Bridge School, and have since 1986. The concert has attracted thousands of people from all over and featured many major artists, including: Eddie Vedder, Beck, Dave Matthews and Carlos Santana. Young was also heavily involved in advocating for environmental issues.  

In June 2012, after a nine-year break from album making, Young released Americana. He collaborated with his longtime back-up band, Crazy Horse, and it was the 34th studio album of his career. In 2003 he made an album with Crazy Horse called Greendale. Americana focuses on guitar riffs and features many standard and patriotic folk songs, including “Oh, Susanna,” “Clementine” and “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain.” Some of America’s fabled classics. Young has always challenged himself musically by experimenting with musical styles and genres. His musical versatility, as well as his journey with different bands has empowered his endurance in a culture that is often influenced by “what’s new” and different.

For over 60 years Neil Young music has been capturing the hearts of people all over the world. He is currently traveling and doing tours with his old band and has plans to continue on with old band mates as new things come about. He has also written many, many books about his life and music. Waging Heavy Peace is a book he wrote about his childhood and life growing up and he also has many other books in publishing that are written about his life and music career as well as music books with guitar songs. You can purchase Neil Young books online or a t a bookstore. You can also see him at one of his many shows as he travels around the world with his former band Crazy Horse. Neil has been an inspiration to so many people throughout his life and has written songs that have made him an icon amongst people all over the world.

Throughout his career, Neil Young has been a system of songs, musical innovation, ideas, inventions and a near-constant stream of new products. His life and work has been a successful business. He has built consistent revenue, he’s consistently pushed product releases; and has a strong, well-maintained brand. Neil Young’s music and his books are an inspiration to many and will continue on for years to come.

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Neil Young Journeys [Blu-ray]

In May of 2011, Neil Young drove a 1956 Crown Victoria from his idyllic hometown of Omemee, Ontario to downtown Toronto’s iconic Massey Hall where he intimately performed the last two nights of his solo world tour. Along the drive, Young recounted insightful and introspective stories from his youth to filmmaker Jonathan Demme. Demme, a long-time fan and collaborator, captured these tales of Young’s childhood and masterfully weaved them together with his mesmerizing music including songs from the 2010 album Le Noise and powerful renditions of classics including Ohio, Hey Hey, My My, Believe in You and previously unreleased songs “Leia” and You Never Call. Through the tunes and the tales, Demme portrays a personal, retrospective look into

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Neil Young Journeys

In May of 2011, Neil Young drove a 1956 Crown Victoria from his idyllic hometown of Omemee, Ontario to downtown Toronto’s iconic Massey Hall where he intimately performed the last two nights of his solo world tour. Along the drive, Young recounted insightful and introspective stories from his youth to filmmaker Jonathan Demme. Demme, a long-time fan and collaborator, captured these tales of Young’s childhood and masterfully weaved them together with his mesmerizing music including songs from the 2010 album Le Noise and powerful renditions of classics including Ohio, Hey Hey, My My”, I Believe in You and previously unreleased songs “Leia” and “You Never Call.” Through the tunes and the tales, Demme portrays a personal, retrospective look

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Neil Young: Unplugged [VHS]

In Neil Young’s world–to paraphrase John Lennon (who was quoting Harry Nilsson)–everything is the opposite of what it is. The fragile is epic, the epic is personal, the personal is a collective dream. Young’s best songs are like Tennyson’s poems, somehow always shimmering under scrutiny, somehow all the more soulful for evading fixed points of meaning. While there was nothing evasive about Young’s negative opinions of MTV in the 1980s, both he and the cable channel had broad enough shoulders to collaborate on an Unplugged installment in 1993 featuring Young and a few of his friends. The result was one of the best events in the innovative series, a strong but relaxed, sharp but dreamy acoustic performance with several of Young’s

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Live from 1971. Neil digs around in his pockets trying to find the right harp and then plays a new song…Heart of Gold.
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My personal favourite 50 Neil Young Songs.
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Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black) Recorded on the “Ragged Glory” tour 1991.
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