Shakey : Neil Young's Biography (Paperback) - McDonough, Jimmy

Customer Reviews   Write a Review

Be the first to review this item and earn 25 Rakuten Super Points™

Product Overview

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

Specifications

Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780679750963
SKU 31115421
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0679750967
Release Date 5/1/2003
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 9.25H x 6.5L x 1.25T
From the Publisher
Annotation 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."
Annotation 1 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."
Annotation 2 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.
Editors Note 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.
Editors Note 4 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.
Editors Note 5 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.
Product Attributes
eBooks Kobo
Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0816
Publisher Anchor Books

More Buying Options

Seller Infomation Price & Shipping  
Books2AnywhereUS $16.85 + free shipping
Condition: Brand New
In Stock
New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000.
Usually ships in 1 to 2 business days
Add to Cart
Buy.com
$13.67 + $3.35 shipping
Condition: Brand New
In Stock, 45 Day Returns

Usually Ships within 1 business day
Add to Cart
loading
$13.67 + $3.35 shipping
$19.95 You save $6.28 (31%)
Earn 14 ($0.14) Rakuten Super Points™
What are Rakuten Super Points™?
Get rewarded when you shop! Earn 1 point per dollar spent. That's like getting cash back on every purchase. Easy to see matured points in checkout. Use points just like cash.
Learn More
Format: Paperback
Condition: Brand New
In Stock. Usually Ships within 1 business day
Please select an option to buy
Add to Cart

Sold By:  Buy.com
For Books, Music, Movies & TV place over $40 (before tax and shipping charges) of eligible products in your shopping basket. Not valid with marketplace products, other restrictions apply.
ADVERTISEMENT
Buy From Other Sellers (2)
kobo
  • Take your library with you wherever you go
  • Use the device you want to use… smartphone, desktop and many of today’s most popular eReaders

WHY KOBO?

We love the Kobo eReading service… and we know you will too. We’ve partnered with them to bring you the most flexible, enjoyable eReading experience in the U.S.

SHOPPING ON KOBO

You’ll be asked to sign in or create a new account with Kobo. Once you do, you’ll immediately get access to millions of titles and be ready to start eReading. Anytime. Anyplace.

continue to kobo
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT