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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; First edition (May 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760336474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760336472
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.9 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,041,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Voyageur Press books always look like a million bucks, and this coffee-table career biography of enduring sixties rock star Young is no exception. Even the dullest old snapshot of kid Neil's family or his first band lushly glows from matte pages as if printed on silk. And those pages! Seldom allowed to be merely white, they are colored and loosely patterned when not entirely filled by a photo. As rock photo books emphasizing the subject, not the photographer(s), go, this is a honey. The text, though, while grammatically sound (save a misplaced modifier or two) and informative enough about Young's professional peregrinations (literal: he has been known to change course and flee halfway through a concert) and associations, is rife with pop-music boilerplate and more than a little repetitious. Indeed, it sometimes seems that Durchholz and Graff each wrote up the same thing, didn't notice, and ran both versions, sometimes on facing pages. Ah, so what? Nobody will read it like a novel, and scads will love browsing it. --Ray Olson

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“Voyageur Press books always look like a million bucks, and this coffee-table career biography of enduring sixties rock star Young is no exception. Even the dullest old snap shot of kid Neil’s family or his first band lushly glows from matte pages as if printed on silk. And those pages! Seldom allowed to be merely white, they are colored and loosely patterned when not entirely filled by a photo. As rock photo books emphasizing the subject, not the photographer(s), go, this is a honey…scads will love browsing it.”

Thrasher’s Wheat 

Neil Young: Long May You Run: The Illustrated History by veteran rock journalists Daniel Durchholz and Gary Graff is -- without a doubt -- pretty much of an essential item for the Neil Young library. The first impression one gets from leafing through the pages is the high quality of the printing and presentation by the publisher Voyageur Press. It's a coffee table type of book with 224 large pages, nice grade paper stock, and fine reproductions of photos and memorabilia. It would seem that for even those Neil fans who've read everything from Jimmy McDonough's Shakey: A Neil Young Biography to the Neil Young Archives book will find something new and eye catching in The Illustrated History….the book will certainly hold a lot of surprises and revelations for the more casual fan. In fact this is the type of book you hand someone who says "I just don't get Neil Young."

Maxim.com

This 224-page tome, painstakingly assembled by rock journalists Daniel Durchholz and Gary Graff, compiles tons of photos (many never before seen) and detailed insights on grunge godfather Neil Young's seven-decade spanning career. From his earliest days with the Mynah Birds (a band that also featured Rick James!), to his hit-making days with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, to his genre-hopping solo works, to his current status as an activist and vital living legend (you can catch him on tour all summer long), Long May You Run leaves no stone (or riff) unturned.

The Huffington Post

Flipping through Long May You Run: The Illustrated History -- a picture perfect documentation of Neil Young's musical story and beyond is the equivalent of listening to his music in an altered state. At times, it can be overwhelming. Daniel Durchholz and Gary Graff's love of Young as a person and his cultural contributions is the force of nature behind LMYR's lush 224 pages, the team effectively creating one of the best coffee table books ever. You want rare and vintage photos? Check. Reproductions of classic posters and various memorabilia? Check. A precise discography that includes 41 studio and 6 live albums, plus discussions of Young's music by his contemporaries and notable connoisseurs? Of course, it's all here.

Durchholz and Graff's hard cover documentary anthologizes virtually every important moment from Neil Young's Buffalo Springfield tenure (actually, earlier) through his days with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, his solo career, and beyond….if you've forgotten any of the reasons why he remains this important an icon, check out virtually any page of LMYR for your mandatory memory jog as you savor each visual of this perfect tutorial on more than 40 years of Young's long run.


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Customer Reviews

I ordered this book for my boyfriend's birthday.
SparkleyPony
The photos--many of them rare--are breathtaking, and the shots of concert posters, tickets, memorabilia, and "all things Neil Young" are lots of fun to look at.
Deanokat
Durchholz, Graff, and their editors have produced a fresh and interesting package on an incredible artist.
Ed Guy

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Deanokat VINE VOICE on June 19, 2010
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Long May You Run is, quite simply, a must-have for any Neil Young fan. Authors Daniel Durchholz and Gary Graff have done a magnificent job of chronicling Mr. Young's career, and the format of this book is very accessible and visually stunning.

The main section of the book consists of eight chapters that cover specific periods of Young's career (for example, "The Gold Rush, 1968-1972"). The material here is truly a delight, whether you sit down and read the chapters in order or just pick up the book and enjoy pages at random. The photos--many of them rare--are breathtaking, and the shots of concert posters, tickets, memorabilia, and "all things Neil Young" are lots of fun to look at. Also very enjoyable are the many feature essays within the chapters ("Train of Love: Travels on the Lionel Line," "Cowgirls in the Sand: Neil Young's Female Collaborators," and "Aerosmith's Joe Perry on Neil Young," to name just a few).

Following the eight main chapters, you get a wealth of additional information. First off is a comprehensive four-part discography, which includes Young's work as a band member or solo artist; singles; work as a guest artist; and tribute albums. Then comes a selected filmography, a terrific guide to Neil's primary sidemen, and a list of resources. Great stuff, for sure.

The icing on the cake, though, is the incredible presentation of everything. Voyageur Press gets an A++ for their beautiful, aesthetically pleasing design. Every page of this book is like a work of art, making it a tome you'll want to leave out on your coffee table for everyone to enjoy. Kudos to Durchholz, Graff, and Voyageur Press for a job well done! If you're a Neil Young fan, you must have this book!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ed Guy on April 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Durchholz, Graff, and their editors have produced a fresh and interesting package on an incredible artist. Neil being Neil, any author would be hard-pressed to come up with fresh info, but it seems to me this book is greater than even the sum of its considerably many parts, offering an expansive collection of imagery presented on thoughtfully designed pages, not to mention the fact that the text doesn't descend into hagiography, calling into question releases, decisions, etc. that deserve to be called into question. That's something "coffee-table books" often fail to do. Barring Neil putting out something besides next fall's re-release of the fabulous book that was already included in NYA1, this is about the best we're gonna get when it comes to a solid illustrated Neil book covering his entire career. I was tempted to knock a star off for the annoying pixilation visible on the circles around the photo on the front cover (the devil's in the details, eh?), but that would seem capricious.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jack M. Clark on May 6, 2010
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This is the best Neil Young book to date, simple" IT IS A MUST FOR
ANY NEIL YOUNG FAN.
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"Neil Young: Long May You Run: The Illustrated History"
Written by Daniel Durchholz & Gary Graff
(Voyageur Press, 2010)
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This is an impressive, lavishly designed coffee-table book devoted to the career of rock iconoclast Neil Young, from his early garage-rock roots in Canada through his LA rockstar years and more recent elevation to grunge-rock elder. The book mixes a linear historical narrative with sidebars about various feuds, love affairs and creative ventures, as well as testimonials from numerous musicians who express their appreciation for Young's talent and artistic integrity. There are also copious photographs and an astonishing array of Neil Young memorabilia -- ticket stubs, showbills, concert posters, highschool photos and other obscure items -- all drawn together in a well-designed graphic format. Predictably, the writing lapses into rock journalism formulae, but nonetheless I found it cogent and engaging -- I hadn't expected to read the book from start to finish, but was pleasantly pulled in, and certainly learned a lot about Young's career and creative arcs. (He was a Reaganite conservative in the 1980s? Who woulda thunk it?) It's a very good overview of a very complicated person, and is fairly honest and critical in its appraisal of his artistic triumphs and shortfalls.

This book will inevitably be compared to Jimmy McDonough's 2003 biography, "Shakey" (which I haven't read) but I don't think there's any need for a competition between the two; this tome is impressive in its own right, and will definitely please many a fan, particularly with the strong visual design and extensive archival materials. Check it out. (DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue book reviews)
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14 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Old Black on April 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Okay - I am a serious Neil Young fan and came on this almost by accident. I must say, for the most part, this is a really good book with great pictures and a nice complement to Jimmy Mc's book "Shakey" and the Archives V 1. The casual fan will learn something but the serious fan - probably not.

The discussion of "Old Black" - Neil's 53 LP (and probably the most iconic guitar in rock history) has factual errors without citation (come on, guys! - reference your sources!). For example, the authors say that the middle round chrome cover on the back of Neil's guitar is so that Neil or Larry Cragg can adjust the intonnation. How can that be? As someone who has made a replica of Old Black (and other LPs), I can tell you that this is not how you would adjust the intonation - that's what the ABR bridge is for. Also, almost no discussions on his amps or effects.

I don't believe NY had anything to do with this book (I mean, why would he?)

So, who is this book for? The casual fan - yeah - they would like it. The serious fan - you'll probably want it cause you bought everything else. But it's all old Field of Opportunity being plowed here. Gotta say though, I do like the pictures and the book is set up nice. We need a Joel Bernstein to really do a definitive NY book (which of course, he won't - not yet, anyway - that guy is so anal about the details).
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