Shakey: Neil Young's Biography
Neil Young is one of rock and roll's most important, influential and enigmatic figures, an intensely reticent artist who has granted no writer access to his inner sanctum - until now. Shakey is the whole story of Young's incredible life and career: from his childhood in Canada to the founding of folk-rock pioneers Buffalo Springfield; the bleary conglomeration of Crazy Horse and the monstrous success of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; to the depths of the Tonight's the Night depravity and the Geffen years; and Young's unprecedented nineties 'comeback'.
Shakey (the title refers to one of Young's many aliases) is also the compelling human story of a lonely kid for whom music was the only outlet, a driven yet tortured figure who controlled his epilepsy via 'mind over matter', an oddly passionate model train mogul who, inspired by his own son's struggle with cerebral palsy, became a major activist in the quest to help those with the condition.
This long-awaited, unprecedented story of a rock 'n' roll legend is uniquely told through the interwoven voices of McDonough - biographer, critic, historian, obsessive fan - and the ever-cantankerous (but slyly funny) Young himself.
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Review: Shakey: Neil Young's BiographyUser Review - Kirk Bower - Goodreads
Very complex task trying to write a biography of Neil Young...I believe the book illustrates that. Read full review
Review: Shakey: Neil Young's BiographyUser Review - Si Barron - Goodreads
A good read- fun to dip into. Perhaps overlong. Young is a funny man and the anecdotes are often hillarious. I like the accessment that bands are either smooth-edgers like the Beatles or rough-edgers ... Read full review