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Neil and Me [Mass Market Paperback]

Scott Young
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July 24 2006
Scott Young chronicles his son’s early years in and around Toronto and Winnipeg and his rise from journeyman, musician to superstar in the 1960s and 1970s. The frequent occasions when Scott and Neil’s paths have crossed – from backstage meetings and family get-togethers to a sold-out appearance at Carnegie Hall – give a fascinating portrait of an enigmatic star.

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“A gem in the library of rock.”
Edmonton Journal

“[Scott Young] is a wonderfully graceful writer and a skilled reporter…. Neil and Me is a universal book about fathers and sons and the pains and joys they bring to each other.”
Vancouver Sun

About the Author

Scott Young, 1918–2005, had a distinguished career spanning six decades and including more than thirty-five books of fiction and non-fiction. He was one of Canada’s best-known sportswriters.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Any true Neil Young fan shouldn't miss this. May 24 1999
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This book depicts Neil's life as seen from the eyes of his father's. Early childhood stories quickly give way to Neil's first meeting with Stephen Stills in New York, the journey to California from Ontario, formation of Buffalo Springfield etc. Chocked full of trivia, who met who and why various bands were formed. CSN&Y years up through the tour with the Shocking Pinks (and Dad)in the early 80's. I couldn't put this book down. Rather than have a fatherly perspective, Scott Young tells this tale as a biography of his best friend. I highly recommend this book if you're into Neil at all, you won't be sorry.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down Dec 19 1999
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This book is hard to put down. Scott gives a detailed description of his career, his relationship with Neil as a friend and as a son, Neil's rise to Stardom and plenty of interesting stories. It is a must for anyone wanting to explore Neil Young as a musician and as a person.
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Loved the book, bought others for friends. It's been several years, so I might read it again. Just gave one to 19 year female college student, she was very grateful! So Neil lives on!!Thanks Neil for all the hours of great music!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Any true Neil Young fan shouldn't miss this. May 24 1999
By johnnywitt@hotmail.com - Published on Amazon.com
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This book depicts Neil's life as seen from the eyes of his father's. Early childhood stories quickly give way to Neil's first meeting with Stephen Stills in New York, the journey to California from Ontario, formation of Buffalo Springfield etc. Chocked full of trivia, who met who and why various bands were formed. CSN&Y years up through the tour with the Shocking Pinks (and Dad)in the early 80's. I couldn't put this book down. Rather than have a fatherly perspective, Scott Young tells this tale as a biography of his best friend. I highly recommend this book if you're into Neil at all, you won't be sorry.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating psychological artifact Aug. 16 2004
By Robert P. Inverarity - Published on Amazon.com
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The first thing you must know about this book: Scott Young adores his son. This adoration pours out in every mention of Neil, whether he's breeding chickens or playing Carnegie Hall. Whether the senior Young was quite so emotional about his other children or not, it's really touching.

The book is utterly unique, as far as I can tell: with the exception of A.A. Milne, fathers just don't seem to write biographies of their children, much less legendary newspapermen of exceedingly legendary rock stars. You do get the Neil Young story in this book, with most of the milestones carefully included, but it's far less interesting than the story of the Young family from its beginnings and its contortions and realignments over the years.

Don't pick this up because you think it will let you understand Neil Young -- even the most milquetoast of men is ultimately unfathomable to others, and NY's inner landscape is craggy and forbidding indeed -- but if you want an account of one family's life, go ahead!

It's appropriate to the man that the two worthwhile biographies (this, by Neil's father, and Shakey, by Jimmy McDonough) of Neil Young have extremely unreliable narrators. This isn't to say that either is intentionally deceptive or misleading, but both have such powerful feelings about Young that their books say more about who they see Neil as (Scott as the caring family man who wants simplicity, JMcD as a chronic deal-breaker and hellraiser) than who he actually is (somewhere in the boundary layer, I'd bet). It's something that Neil himself might well savor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down Dec 19 1999
By Andre Gaudet - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is hard to put down. Scott gives a detailed description of his career, his relationship with Neil as a friend and as a son, Neil's rise to Stardom and plenty of interesting stories. It is a must for anyone wanting to explore Neil Young as a musician and as a person.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compare with NY's new book Nov. 18 2012
By Patrick - Published on Amazon.com
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I'd never read anything of Scott Young's before this. I was however quite aware that he was a well known Canadian author. This book was one of those books about Neil Young that I'd wanted to read but never got around to. I expect like most NY fans you grow to think of his dad as a minor villian: broke up the family - didn't by Neil an amp etc. It took me a bunch of years, (maybe me being a dad now has something to do with it) to realise, I did want to hear the dad's side in his own voice. As it happened I ordered my Neil And Me with a copy of NY's Waging Heavy Peace. I read Neil And Me first and am in the middle of reading WHP now. I reckon I've got something extra out of both books by reading them in succession. I'd recommend that to any NY fan who is looking for a deeper understanding of his art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long may you run Nov. 2 2012
By J. Schuch - Published on Amazon.com
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Scott Young's love and admiration for his son, Neil, telegraphs through first-person accounts of the ups and downs of a young family struggling to get by. The reader experiences the life-changes of rocker-sphinx Neil Young through the eyes of his father during all-too-brief reunions and occasional excursions. For the voracious rock-reader hungry to devour details on the inner clockworks of Neil Young, Neil And Me is an essential nutrient.
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