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Neil Young FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Iconic and Mercurial Rocker (Faq Series) Paperback – April 1, 2012
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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.
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.