For the first time, legendary singer, songwriter, and guitarist Neil Young offers a kaleidoscopic view of his personal life and musical creativity. He tells of his childhood in Ontario, where his father instilled in him a love for the written word; his first brush with mortality when he contracted polio at the age of five; struggling to pay rent during his early days with the Squires; traveling the Canadian prairies in Mort, his 1948 Buick hearse; performing in a remote town as a polar bear prowled beneath the floorboards; leaving Canada on a whim in 1966 to pursue his musical dreams in the pot-filled boulevards and communal canyons of Los Angeles; the brief but influential life of Buffalo Springfield, which formed almost immediately after his arrival in California. He recounts their rapid rise to fame and ultimate break-up; going solo and overcoming his fear of singing alone; forming Crazy Horse and writing "Cinnamon Girl," "Cowgirl in the Sand," and "Down by the River" in one day while sick with the flu; joining Crosby, Stills & Nash, recording the landmark CSNY album, DejA vu, and writing the song, "Ohio;" life at his secluded ranch in the redwoods of Northern California and the pot-filled jam sessions there; falling in love with his wife, Pegi, and the birth of his three children; and finally, finding the contemplative paradise of Hawaii. Astoundingly candid, witty, and as uncompromising and true as his music, Waging Heavy Peace is Neil Young's journey as only he can tell it.
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"Similar to Keith Richards's LIFE, Neil Young's WAGING HEAVY PEACE is full of candid reflections and insights, with plenty of wild tales from legendary '60s and '70s rock. By the time Young comes to terms with maturity in the later chapters, dealing with family issues, matters of life and death, and his well-publicized humanitarian concerns, the listener feels that he has naturally arrived at this point. Keith Carradine is adept at assuming Young's persona, complete with his carrot-seed-chewing drawl. That would be the only style of reading that could accompany such a highly personal work, and Carradine dusn't fall short. J.S.H. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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