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11498_737688556257990_395301665_nHow cool is Neil Young?

Right up there with Prince, Tupac Shakur, Hunter S. Thompson, Andy Warhol and Jack Kerouac.

Young made the top 100 list of the coolest Americans in history, according to a new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington,  The Telegraph is reporting.

He made the list, even though he is Canadian. Weird, but cool.

The hundred actors, actresses, artists, musicians and writers in the United  States were chosen for their creativity and style – having shaped the concept of cool. There is even a welcome place for country singer Willie Nelson.

The exhibition, which took five years to bring to fruition, has been put  together by Joel Dinerstein, professor of American Civilisation at Tulane  University in New Orleans, and Frank Goodyear III, co-director of Bowdoin  College Museum of Art.

To make their selection, the two curators came up with four defining factors  of cool, of which people chosen had to fit at least three categories:

Originality of artistic vision and especially of a signature style.

Cultural rebellion, or transgression in a given historical moment.

Iconicity, or a certain level of high-profile recognition.

Recognized cultural legacy (lasting more than a decade)

Among the photographers featured in the show are Diane Arbus, Annie   Leibovitz, Robert Mapplethorpe, Edward Steichen and Herman Leonard.

See the list at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/10621202/The-100-coolest-Americans.html

Thanks to BGunn.

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