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Waging Heavy Peace

A Hippie Dream

Young, Neil

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Waging Heavy Peace
An iconic figure in the history of rock and pop culture (inducted not once but twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Neil Young has written his eagerly awaited memoir.

Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, c2012
ISBN: 0399159460
Characteristics: 502 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm


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Jul 13, 2014
  • uncommonreader rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Neil writes about his family and friends and his obsessions, including his music, cars, trains and his love of nature, but especially about the music and what has been lost with new technology in terms of sound and experience. He never says anything bad about anyone and is appreciative of everyone along the way. He rambles and is sometimes banal, but reveals himself as a person of integrity and a real human being.

Jun 05, 2014

Being a long in the tooth Neil Young fan I enjoyed this book. Anyone expecting Tolstoy need look elsewhere. Young's writing is like a pleasant backyard conversation, meandering where it will but always returning to the theme. Young's music speaks for itself so in this book he mainly talks of other things - friendship, family, cars, gear etc.. No dirt is dished although I'm sure he has some wild CSN&Y tales. No aspirations are dispersed unless you count those he sheds upon himself. It's about music and family for this guy and he has remained true to his vision. There are very few R&R survivors from the sixties that you could say that about. The one song that came back to me page after page is his I Am a Child. After finishing the book another came to mind - Long May You Run.

Apr 29, 2014
  • AmyEighttrack rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Good to read his story as told by himself. Some revelations are downright fascinating - like doing his recording leading up to - but never past - the cresting of the full moon. He makes the excellent point of what a Totally Different Experience it is listening to music in 'full spectrum' (phono records, cd's) as opposed to pared-down digital files. I Cannot Believe the loss of music in mp3's!!

Jun 25, 2013
  • LT rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Possibly due to his long history with drugs and alcohol (although he quit both shortly before starting the book), possibly due to incipient dementia (it runs in the family), Neil Young is hard put to develop a coherent paragraph. There are interesting facts in here, but they are buried in tangents, meanderings, and self-referential observations that have little meaning for the rest of us. Moreover, there is a little too much product placement for his project-in-development, PureTone (a new sound system that would provide convenient access to music listeners without the loss of data entailed by CDs and mp3s). I only wish some firm but kindly editor had taken Neil by the hand to help him polish the jewels that are no doubt scattered throughout the book. Neil comes across as an observant and likeable guy whose thought patterns are just not very well organized. Despite my great admiration for him as a musician, I couldn't soldier past the first two chapters.

May 07, 2013
  • marcrrussell rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

yah, yah, he's a nut and his book-writing skills are Not on the same level as his songwriting- but, he's NEIL YOUNG, man!!! He has some insights...

Apr 10, 2013
  • carolannbagan rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

love neil but this was crazy hard to read. very disjointed.

Feb 28, 2013
  • anagancereader rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Not bad but rambling in form.

Feb 20, 2013
  • dirtbag1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Neils' writing is as interesting as his music. True to his Canadian roots he remains humble and heaps praise on the many people who helped and influenced him over the years. A great story that gives the reader the chance to see the inner workings of a huge talent. Looking forward to the next book.

Jan 27, 2013

The guy can write songs, but hiring a ghost writer would have been a wise decision on this one. Interesting if your a fan, but written like a grade schooler.

Jan 16, 2013
  • HopeButterfly rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A good book. Thanks Neil....look forward to your next book....great family man!!

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Dec 09, 2012
  • MikeEe rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Neil takes the reader on a long meandering highway drive in a large Eldorado, talking about his family and his musical friends, and listening to Pono all the way.


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