Shakey: Neil Young's Biography

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 13, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 816 pages
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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.

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From his first appearances with Buffalo Springfield in the mid-1960s, Neil Young has roared like a hurricane through the rock'n'roll landscape. This embattled biography clearly shows that the ... Read full review

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I'm getting to the last pages of this book, and unable to put it down, having gone through it's pages far too speedily, I am feeling its loss already. It has been a great journey through the life and times of Neil Young. It's detail, accuracy and honesty, including Neil's own words, makes it all the more, a necessary read for any music fan. If you are not totally into Neil's work, you will be after this revelation. You can appreciate and forgive his transition from acoustic to country/rock/electric/psychedelic/grunge. All the added detail concerning these changes will make you increase your Neil Young collection, as Jimmy and Neil go through the conception of the songs, to the rehearsals and final recording sessions. I'm off to see Mr Young (who, I hear, is not only so by name but also nature!) for the first time in March 2013 and know my concert experience will be enhanced after reading Jimmy's amazing work. Thanks Jimmy. And THANKS Neil - keep those songs coming! IrisAnn - London, UK 

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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
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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.

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