Shakey: Neil Young's Biography (Google eBook)

Front Cover
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 13, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 786 pages
94 Reviews
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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Review: Shakey: Neil Young's Biography

User Review  - Eric - Goodreads

I tried to read this after finishing Mr. Young's autobiography. It was horrible and I gave up. Read full review

Review: Shakey: Neil Young's Biography

User Review  - Jim Tracy - Goodreads

Excellent read, even if you're not into Neil Young. Read full review

Selected pages


innaresting characters
mr blue mr red
leaving things behind
a big blur of images
mind over matter
the redhaired guy
growin up blowin up
shit mary I cant dance
harpoon dodger
a bigger flash in the sky
a voice no one could recognize
meadow dusk
the velvet cage
big business small scale
drain you

the no men
more real
the guy with the balls
cut to the lizards
world on a string
group art
vampire blues
have you ever been lost?
a solo trip
Very Selected Bibliography
Source Notes

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2003)

Jimmy McDonough is a journalist who has contributed to such publications as Variety, Film Comment, Mojo, Spin, and Juggs. But he is perhaps best known for his intense, definitive Village Voice profiles of such artists as Jimmy Scott, Neil Young, and Hubert Selby, Jr. Jimmy is also the author of The Ghastly One: The Sex-Gore Netherworld of Filmmaker Andy Milligan. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Bibliographic information