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Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars Hardcover – Oct 14 2014

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Rider Press; First Edition edition (Oct. 14 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399172084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399172083
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Young returns to reflect on the two defining love affairs of his life: cars and dogs…. The plaintive and straightforward approach to Young's remembrances evokes a kindly paternalism as he candidly recounts details of his experiences forging his musical ambition in Canadian clubs, the hippie scene in Los Angeles, his later solo career and the innumerable rides that took him there…Both heartfelt and conflicted, Young's passion for cars is tempered by his environmental conviction, a prescient reminder that the Earth is more important than a hobby.”—Kirkus

“Now here’s a guy who takes the word autobiography seriously. This “outgrowth,” as Young puts it, of the Canadian singer-songwriter’s 2012 memoir, Waging Heavy Peace, is quite literally an auto-biography, a collection of reminiscences sparked by the author’s memories of the cars he and his family have owned over the years…he’s more outspoken regarding his views on politics and environmental issues... As an extra treat for his fans, the book is full of illustrations (of cars, naturally) done by Young himself. It’s an interesting approach to a memoir and despite the overlap with Waging Heavy Peace, the approach makes the material feel fresh.”—Booklist

 “Young's new book is structured around recollections of the various cars he has driven over the years, a literary device that elicited more emotionally charged memories and prose than anything in his previous memoir. He writes evocatively about rough childhood moments (he once saw his father slap his mom during an argument, then retreated into the basement to play with his electric trains) and adult triumphs (he composed what ended up being Ragged Glory in an empty car barn on his ranch, sitting by himself for days on end with a joint, his guitar and his amp).”—Rolling Stone
 
“In cars and in music, Neil Young has never been afraid to try something new. That spirit of experimentation spills over to the pages of Special Deluxe. The memoir features watercolor paintings of cars by Young, and with it, the 69-year-old musician can now add illustrator to an extensive resume that already includes rock god, Internet entrepreneur, and director.”—Wired
 
 “Neil writes in a well-developed voice that never misses the mark in terms of tenor and tone. Special Deluxe reads like a great Neil Young song plays - it’s a bit wistful, mildly bemused, deeply passionate, humble direct, and only ever so slightly curmudgeonly.”—Buffalo News

“Just as his autobiography took readers by surprise with its rambling candor, the sequel will appeal not just to gearheads and classic rock fans but anyone who can appreciate a true maverick.”—San Francisco Chronicle

[A] loving rumination on the litany of vehicles that have taken him from here to there throughout his 68 years….Young's latest avenue of expression adds yet another line to his already lengthy resume.”LA Times

About the Author

NEIL YOUNG’s music and songwriting—which span forty years and thirty-four studio albums of rock and roll, folk, and country, with shadings of blues, techno, and other styles—are among the most enduring and popular in modern times. From his early days with Buffalo Springfield through his solo career and collaborations with Crosby, Stills & Nash, Crazy Horse, and dozens of other notable musicians and groups, Young is acclaimed for both his musical talents and his artistic integrity. With a major hit in every decade since the sixties, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. A well-known political activist, environmentalist, and philanthropist, Young has been involved in several causes, notably cofounding Farm Aid and the Bridge School, which assists children with physical impairments and communication needs.

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By Jimi Jac TOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 3 2014
Format: Hardcover
This was a lot more of an enjoyable read than I was expecting. I did think Young would spend most of the book harping on about C02 admissions & bio fuel, but that’s just the last 70 odd pages or so.
Written in a mostly tradition narrative (as apposed to “Waging Heavy..” which constantly jumps backwards & forward throughout Neil life (a bit frustrating when you get to the end of a chapter but then he jumps back thirty years)).
There is a lot as you can expect about vintage cars, but they become apart of the story of Young’s life, with a lot of the book covering his music, although focusing on the origin's of individual songs rather than entire albums.
Quite apologetic about his personality & how he can difficult to get a long with (he almost lost count of the amount of times he quite Buffalo Springfield), which is quite refreshing to hear from such a revered singer/songwriter.
As you would expect form such a unorthodox artist, Young is never going to create a traditional biography, but for the most part it is a fascinating glimpse in side his head, for the most part.
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3 - 3 1/2 stars if you're a car nut (like me). 4-5 stars if you're an extreme Young-ophile. (I'm only really a fan of his early work.) If you're neither of those, probably 1/2 a star. The writing is good high-school level at best. Rife with literary cliches, too anecdotal. He doesn't really have a plan for the book, he just wants to talk. I guess if you're a big celebrity with no particular gift for writing, you can get a publisher who will cut you loose without an editor. I don't even think it could be edited. It would really have to be (re-)written from scratch.

But as I said, I am a car nut, and I can really appreciate and feel what he gets from these cars. If you are into 50s and 60s American cars, it's probably worth reading. Or if you want to get more than a basic level of knowledge of the man's life and his sensibilities. I got that too. I'd have to say that I understand him a lot better.
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Only four chapters in and I like it even more than it's first book. Nice to see Neil still has this vivid memory. Reading his, brings back mine. Some don't live this nostalgy, but I find that even when thinking of the present and future, it's nice to remember the good times, and even remember what you had to go through to get to now. I wanna drive my car...
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Neil has done a superb job with this book, proving he has his dad’s gift for writing. I don’t know one car from another, but I still enjoyed his stories of growing up in the 50’s and 60’s. I marveled at the way his career was shaped, and the bumps life threw at him along the way. I recommend this book I couldn’t put it down.
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with that book i realzed that Neil and me have so much in common that we could have been brothers!!
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As a guy who is also wrestling with the dissonance between our lifestyles (especially up here in big, cold mostly empty Canada) and environmental sustainability I was hoping to gain some insights into those issues with this pricey book from a fellow (former) canuck who presumably has done some deep thinking on the subject. What I got was a lot of reminiscing, some boasting, some pretty clearly superficial knowledge of cars, the numbered treaties etc,and a sense of how much of his money he must have paid to other people to build him something really unreliable and impractical for an ordinary person who lives in a country that actually has a serious winter. His recent divorce from his wife Pegi who he calls in this book his "soulmate" further undercuts and dates anything he says in this book. Basically he has shown that his thinking is as fuzzy as most of his guitar sounds and I don't think he's really helping the worthy and urgent causes here with this self indulgent mess.
I've been a fan for 40 plus years and have spent an ungodly amount of money on his music because the occasional gem he would put out (like Long May You Run) would usually redeem all the self indulgent stuff (Hmm.. there's a theme there.) he would put out in the interim, but I really think thats it for me.
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