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Neil Young: Reflections in Broken Glass Hardcover – October 7, 2001


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Product Details

  • Series: Mojo Heroes (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate; First Edition edition (October 7, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184195084X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841950846
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,757,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Neil Young is an odd rock star. Never a big sex-and-drugs guy, he overdid the music part of the equation, making more than 35 records in as many years. So it's fitting that this volume the first in the new Mojo Heroes series of short music-legend bios should dedicate most of its space to Young's work. Simmons (Serge Gainsbourg: A Fistful of Gitanes) condenses her own reportage, along with a wealth of secondary sources, into a breezy and succinct narrative. She demonstrates that Young's career has been shaped mostly by his utter capriciousness. For example, immediately after making a hit record with Crazy Horse in 1969, he dumped the band for Crosby, Stills and Nash; when CSN&Y's new album became a smash, he went solo. Likewise, Young followed up his critically acclaimed rock and acoustic albums of the late 1970s with a handful of baffling synth-rock, rockabilly and electro-pop albums in the early '80s. (Even his own record company sued him in 1983 for making records that were "musically uncharacteristic" of earlier recordings.) This isn't the comprehensive Neil Young biography his fans may be awaiting, but it provides a selective tour of his varied and wildly diverse oeuvre. (Mar.)Forecast: Rock collectors and Young enthusiasts will likely snatch up this attractive hardback, as it's strictly limited to 7,500 copies. Other subjects in the Mojo Heroes series so far include Otis Redding, Arthur Lee (of Love) and Marvin Gaye.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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"This is a beautifully produced book which, even if you didn't like Neil Young, you'd want to beg, borrow, or steal."

More About the Author

Sylvie Simmons is an award-winning writer and one of the foremost music journalists working today. Born in London, she moved to Los Angeles in the late seventies and started writing about rock music for magazines such as Sounds, Creem, Kerrang! and Q. She is the author of acclaimed fiction and nonfiction books, including the biography Serge Gainsbourg: A Fistful of Gitanes and the short-story collection Too Weird for Ziggy. She has lived at various times in England, the United States, and France, and she currently lives in San Francisco, where she writes for MOJO magazine and plays the ukulele.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Adam Crossman on October 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I'll lay my cards on the table, I am what is commonly called a Neil Young obsessive so I wouldve been driven to buy the book whatever it was like. So no surprise I have a library full of, how shall I put this politely, mouse food. When I bought Sylvie Simmons' book on Neil Young I was a bit disappointed on first viewing to see that it wasn't very long - I've always loved her writing in MOJO magazine, especially of course when she's written about Neil Young, so I would have loved something the length of the Jimmy McDounough book (which I also bought). But do you know what? She packed more information and real insight into that short space than McDounough did into his huge tome (and actually I liked that too). So I'd say to any Neil Young fan, check Miss Simmons' book out, you won't be disappointed
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T T Newton on December 19, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I just don't get what some of these complaints are about this book. Yeah it's short but how I understand it is it was meant to be short - an introduction to Neil Young. And that was exactly what I was looking for. I've only just started getting into the man (yeah, I know!) and I didn't want to plough through 600 pages, but this really gave me a lot of insights into his character and his life and made me want to read further. Now I'm going to buy Jimmy macDonoughs book. But if you want something to the point and well written I would recommend this
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By Martin on October 2, 2013
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Thoroughly enjoyed this as it is very well written and contained some very interesting insights about Young's life, music and relationships. Unusually, it was also very well packaged as a small hardback.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
After reading this biography, I've no more insight than I would from reading cd liners. Very little insight into the characters in his life; nothing more than say CS&N's large egos. No interviews from on the scene characters, old band mates for ex. This book does not do justice to its subject.
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful By carla rossetti on August 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I was very excited to get started on this book but about 15 pages into it, it states that Neil was at Woodstock and mentions CSN as "sidekicks". It was very wrong. I was truly dissapointed.
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