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Shakey Neil Young's Biography (Paperback)

Author:  Jimmy McDonough
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0679750967
ISBN-13: 9780679750963
Sku: 31115421
Publish Date: 5/1/2003
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.25H x 6.5L x 1.25T
Pages:  816
Age Range:  NA
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A chronicle of the enigmatic performer reveals his lonely childhood, struggle with epilepsy, role as a father to a child with cerebral palsy, efforts as an awareness advocate, and achievements as a musician and band member. *Author: McDonough, Jimmy *Subtitle: Neil Youngs Biography *Publication Date: 2003/05/01 *Number of Pages: 786 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 6.50 *Height: 9.25
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Neil Young is one of rock and roll’s most important and enigmatic figures, a legend from the sixties who is still hugely influential today. He has never granted a writer access to his inner life – until now. Based on six years of interviews with more than three hundred of Young’s associates, and on more than fifty hours of interviews with Young himself, Shakey is a fascinating, prodigious account of the singer’s life and career. Jimmy McDonough follows Young from his childhood in Canada to his cofounding of Buffalo Springfield to the huge success of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young to his comeback in the nineties. Filled with never-before-published words directly from the artist himself, Shakey is an essential addition to the top shelf of rock biographies.Neil Young is one of rock and roll’s most important and enigmatic figures, a legend from the sixties who is still hugely influential today. He has never granted a writer access to his inner life – until now. Based on six years of interviews with more than three hundred of Young’s associates, and on more than fifty hours of interviews with Young himself, Shakey is a fascinating, prodigious account of the singer’s life and career. Jimmy McDonough follows Young from his childhood in Canada to his cofounding of Buffalo Springfield to the huge success of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young to his comeback in the nineties. Filled with never-before-published words directly from the artist himself, Shakey is an essential addition to the top shelf of rock biographies.A chronicle of the enigmatic performer reveals his lonely childhood, struggle with epilepsy, role as a father to a child with cerebral palsy, efforts as an awareness advocate, and achievements as a musician and band member.
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This biography, constructed from hundreds of interviews, provides access for the first time into the life and mind of the notoriously secretive Neil Young., a founder of Buffalo Springfield and one of the most influential rockers of the last three decades of the 20th century. The book covers his childhood and his early days in the folky clubs of Toronto, where he met Joni Mitchell and Stephen Sills; the years with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, & Nash; the single "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" and the album HARVEST that led to superstardom; his experiments with computers and slide into semi-obscurity in the '80s; and his comeback in the '90s with HARVEST MOON and his Oscar-nominated title song for the movie PHILADELPHIA. Author McDonough also delves into Young's romance with the actress Carrie Snodgrass, his marriages to Susan Acevedo and Pegi Morton, his two cerebral palsy-afflicted sons, his lifelong passion for model trains, his collection of vintage cars, his famously difficult relationship with David Geffen, who sued him for $3 million dollars for not making "Neil Young music" any more - and where he got the nickname "Shakey."This biography, constructed from hundreds of interviews, provides access for the first time into the life and mind of the notoriously secretive Neil Young, a founder of Buffalo Springfield, member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and one of the most influential solo artists of the 60s and 70s. The book begins with his childhood and his early days in the folk clubs of Toronto, where he met Joni Mitchell and Stephen Stills, then moves onto the years with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, & Nash. With smooth narrative flow and attention to detail, SHAKEY chronicles everything from Young's hard-rocking work with Crazy Horse to the country-rock album HARVEST that led to his superstardom, his 80s experiments with computers and slide into semi-obscurity, and his comeback in the '90s with HARVEST MOON and his Oscar-nominated title song for the movie PHILADELPHIA. Author McDonough also delves into Young's romance with the actress Carrie Snodgrass, his marriages to Susan Acevedo and Pegi Morton, his two cerebral palsy-afflicted sons, his lifelong passion for model trains, his famously difficult relationship with David Geffen, (who sued him for $3 million for not making "Neil Young music" any more), and the origin of the nickname "Shakey."Since the 1960s, Neil Young has been consistent in remaining artistically vital, baffling critics and fans, and scorning journalistic attention. This reputation makes him an alluring candidate for adventurous biographers like Jimmy McDonough, whose decade-long mission has been to document the artist's life with a combination of persistence and intrepid sleuthing. Associates, contemporaries, and musical colleagues alike use words like "ruthless" and "megalomaniac" to describe Young's character; McDonough himself amassed some 50 hours of interviews with his subject, only to be subjected to two years of legal disputes before Young allowed the book's publication. Given the frustrations inherent in chronicling such a mercurial personality, SHAKEY is a praiseworthy achievement, detailing the singer's tempestuous early life, his chronic epilepsy (which may or may not be genuine), and his frequent, often arbitrary shifts in artistic and emotional direction, many of which have left bemused fans, angry friends, and broken hearts in their wake. In attempting to catalogue the career of a volatile musician who's spent most of his life willfully defying such endeavors, McDonough may have given us as accurate a portrait of Neil Young as it's possible to get.
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Expert Review Shakey: Neil Young's Biography by Jimmy McDonough - Book
By: Nik Dirga Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 3/14/2007 5:19 PM
Sprawling, opinionated and irresistible, this biography charts the ups and downs of Neil Young's amazing career. If you ask me, Neil Young is perpetually cool. I went through a big Neil phase circa 1990-1994 or so, turned on by the epic, cranky "Rockin' In The Free World" single and the accompanying stellar album Freedom. Somewhere along the way I lost interest in picking up every new album of his as they came out and drifted on to other things — not that I stopped liking Neil Young, you understand....read the full review

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Product attributePublisher:   Anchor Books
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