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Neil Young: Long May You Run: The Illustrated History Hardcover – May 6, 2010


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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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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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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
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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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By LB on May 24, 2014
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Good book - great gift for the fan or worth every penny-wonderful photos of Neil and the band and great stories.
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By jrufer on April 30, 2014
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a beautiful book with wonderful pictures but originally WAY OVER-PRICED; this was inexpensive and so worth it; i love it!
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By Joseph R. Marchbanks on April 22, 2014
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Great book with lots of super photos! Couldn't with a clear conscience ask for anything more from a superdude book
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By sslike on October 28, 2013
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Anything NEIL YOUNG us worth the time and price! Love the stories and photos encapsulated in the book! A must have for any Young fan! The history is fascinating!
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By Red on May 10, 2013
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I am a big fan, love reading about how he went about making his career work for him. I have several of his books and they all kind of read the same. Some even have the same mistakes as the others. But read them anyway.
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