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GLEN BOYD is a music journalist who is currently music editor for the web magazine Blogcritics. A former contributing editor for Seattle's Rocket Magazine and Tower Records' Pulse, Boyd's work has also appeared in Spin magazine and The Source.
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Product Details

  • Series: Faq Series
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617130370
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617130373
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #941,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an important book for contemporary music. From a critical point-of-view because it is an exemplar of how to present a textual evaluation of an important musical icon; and from a reader's perspective because it's downright enjoyable. Glen Boyd's humour and background as a music journalist add to the experience of being able to dip into the book at any page to learn "FAQ" regarding Neil Young, his music, work and personality. Warts-and-all.

From the excellent foreword written by Thrasher (nom-de-plume of a well-known 'Rustie', or hard-core Neil Young fan) to the well-constructed Index, this text contains something for everyone: from Rusties, via those who don't know much about Neil and his music but want to learn, to the most casual of readers looking for an entertaining bed-time read. Boyd's subject is shown to be, at times, a fascinating paradox in contemporary music - someone with integrity who follows his muse WHEREVER she takes him, regardless of the expectations of others - who has explored almost every genre of musical expression and tried (sometimes, arguably, unsuccessfully) to make them his own. This extensively-researched collection of FAQ and anecdotes follows Young's career through all his changes, with "memories to spare", "from Hank to Hendrix", and often from personal crises to personal triumphs.

It's a pleasure just OPENING this book, and starting what is essentially a voyage of discovery, so I don't wish to spoil the experience for the reader by giving away too much of the contents. But the Chapter Titles are a hoot, and wonderfully evocative, and the inclusion of a list of handy and informative Neil-based websites, combined with the bibliography, and a few quotes from musicians regarding the man himself, round off a great package. And did I mention the author's humour shining through?

Buy this book. You won't regret it. And remember: "Rust never sleeps..." Score: 4 out of 5 stars from me.
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I hate to be critical. I’m sure the author put a lot of time and effort into this project and he’s probably a nice guy but the restatement of the same facts over and over again in exactly the same way drove me insane. The copy and paste reviews are dead on. This book could have been one tenth the length had it not been for his habit of constantly repeating (as many as 10 times) the same observations. Who edited this thing? The Black Sabbath FAQ was excellent. This installment was a wasted opportunity. Fanboy prose, no discography. Sorry, unless you know absolutely nothing about Neil Young, this book is a waste of time.
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Glen Boyd hits a bulls eye with the addition of this FAQ Neil Young edition. Tons of great information about an artist who isn't always forth coming with information about his songs. I loved reading this book and still use it as a reference source when enjoying the great Neil Young and his catalog of music and videos. Well done Mr. Boyd and thank you!
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Very entertaining read. I thought I was a Neil Young expert, and I learned a lot through this book. I feel a lot more informed about his career and know more about him after reading this. It's broken up into easy to read chapters from 8-15 pages. It really makes you want to go and buy the cds you don't have and jam out on the ones you do. He even has a chapter devoted to bootlegs. A great book!!
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I've been listening and collecting Neil Young music since I discovered it at 13 years old. And I was missing a book containing what this book does.
Glen Boyd has collected all the information-data, regarding Neil & his different bands, their songs, their albums, their concerts, their tours and the different music styles he has played, has given them order, and congruency and left it there for the reader,as its title stands, FAQ answer to all the frequently asked questions a fan or someone interested on Neil could ask or might need to know.
I sincerely recomend the reading to every person interesed in getting to know Neil Young while listening to his music.
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If you've read Shakey and you've read Waging Heavy Peace and you just need to know more...read Glen's book! This book has a wealth of information and is a trusted source of information among the Rusties, Neil's most devoted fans.
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I read the other reviews and don't understand the low-rated ones. This book strikes a great balance between covering the highlights of a 40+ year career for new-to-Neil fans and providing more in-depth Neil stories for the veteran fan.
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