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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Rider Press; 1 edition (Sept. 25 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780399159466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399159466
  • ASIN: 0399159460
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16.3 x 4.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By F. Muir on Nov. 13 2012
Format: Hardcover
Being a Neil Young fan, a man whose songs through the last four decades will leave a legacy of a marvellous tunesmith, I purchased this book expecting a tome similar in content. Was I wrong. I forced myself to trudge through the near 500-page book expecting an introspective (and retrospective) look into the man and his complicated life. Instead, the first 100-odd pages are devoted to cars. Expect many sentences that run no more than 4 words at a time and essentially say nothing. Expect many exclamation marks that are inappropriate to the statement. Do not expect anything deeper than his love for his current family (sorry, but to me a given) and little regarding the trials and tribulations with his involvement with Buffalo Springfield and C,S,N & Y. These and his troubled relationship with his father ("daddy") are merely glossed over and professes his love for everyone he has ever partnered with. I do admit that the last 50 pages showed promise but it cannot make up for the previous drivel. Finally, to claim that he wrote "Old Man" about a man from whom he purchased his ranch rather than his father is hard to stomach. As was mentioned previously, if you want a deeper look into the man, read "Shakey" by James McDonough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jbreader on Sept. 23 2013
Format: Hardcover
I stopped reading after the first 50 pages and had finally picked back up tonight for the first time in months. After 10 more pages, I logged into amazon to see if others had found a similar struggle to continue. It's unfortunate as I really wanted to like this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy O'Neill on July 19 2013
Format: Hardcover
I apparently share the same view of this book as many other reviewers here. I made it through about 70 pages before I had to give up. Young rambles on in a stream-of-consciousness sort of way - a paragraph about his train set, followed by a paragraph about Crosby, Stills and Nash, followed by a paragraph about his vintage cars. The book badly needs editing (if not ghost writing) and is basically unreadable in its current form. I am a fan of his music, however.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bripolar on Oct. 26 2012
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Wow!I laughed when I wasn't supposed to. Neil rambles through most of this book. Although I love the man and his music, his writings are repetitious, infantile (sometimes), and play out like a recorded transcript complete with hesitant sentence fragments and uncomfortable pauses. It works when he reminisces about his childhood and his musical friends and enemies. He also seems to come clean about how his history of control has left a trail of damage in the form of broken relationships. It's good that he has "given up booze and weed" (Dr.'s orders) and his musings on the nature of his creativity while off the substances that he has relied on for many years is brave, engaging and revealing. And here I thought Cros was the one with the demons...

I have always wondered about the relationship with his wife, Pegi, and all his children. Here he sheds light on his deep love for family and throughout the book, I found this to be the most touching and meaningful. If you are interested in this powerful bond, I recommend the book. If you are looking for some deep insight into him from an objective (and more harsh perhaps) perspective, go read Jimmy McDonough's book of a few years ago.

Still love the man.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LAURENCE MACKENZIE on Oct. 3 2013
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I can see why some folks get frustrated with this book - Mr. Young often repeats himself and bounces hither and yon according to his fancy. This doesn't bother me so much. That's primarily because of one of the things I like about this book is that it's completely in his voice, and one suspects, his character - which is something I want to get from an autobiography. Further, an enduring force in music such as he has nothing to prove - it is what it is.

I wish I could give 5 stars because of that, and because of the elements that were open, informative and touching - there were many. However, in equal measure there were elements which were held back (albeit for his own personal reasons - and he says so) and others that became tedious. I prefer to recall the touching and informative bits but must recommend that whichever way your reading experience goes, as with Mr. Young, odds are it will be one-of-a-kind, too.
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By TheHeadmare on April 12 2014
Format: Paperback
I thought it was a great read. Yes, Neil Young has the attention span of a flea. But that's what he's like I gather. You really get a sense of what's important to him. A far different autobiography from that of David Crosby or Graham Nash, but then I guess that sums up
The man.
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Was okay. He writes more about his friends and family than he does about himself. Speaks a LOT of an environmentally friendly car he has spent years building. Was an okay read;however, would of enjoyed reading more about his journey in life rather than his journey building a car.
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Format: Hardcover
Some reviews say that Neil Young rambles on about cars etc. I happen to share an interest in big old luxury cars, music, and musical legends such as Neil Young. You learn about all these things through his ramblings (which are written down in a conversational style). When we talk about our past, we all tend to ramble on. You learn more about Neil Young, the man, this way than if it would all have been professionally edited to perfection. I felt the same way about Bob Dylan's autobiography, this was written in a similar manner. I enjoyed it very much and found it honest and engaging. I would have given it a 5 if not for the reoccurring plugs for Neil Young's experimental high resolution audio play back technology, "Pono"; which reads a bit too much like advertising. I can't really blame him too much though, he "don't sing for Pepsi, don't sing for Coke" but he is excited about the projects he is working on for positive change. Rock on Neil!
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