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Driving around with Neil at the ranch

September 19, 2012, 10:35 am
Well Hello, Mr. Soul
By DAVID CARR
Like a lot of people, I often read something in the magazine that involved a writer going to see this or that music/film/theater icon and think about how lucky that writer was. This week it was my turn.

My pinch-me moment was getting to ride around in a car on Neil Young’s ranch for several hours. Not because I am a Neil Young person per se – I saw the “Rust Never Sleeps” tour, “Trans” and have seen him play with Crazy Horse and solo several other times – but because, well, he’s Neil Young. It’s hard to think of an artist of any genre who has endured so long with as much significance as Young. And over and over, he did it his way, ignoring convention and expectation on general principal.

read more on 6thfloor.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/19/well-hello-mr-soul and Don’t miss the photos (on cars, model trains.

NY Times: Neil Young comes clean

September 19, 2012
Neil Young Comes Clean
By DAVID CARR

Driving down the hill above his ranch in the Santa Cruz Mountains, south of San Francisco, Neil Young took a deep whiff of the redwood forest momentarily serving as the canopy for his 1951 Willys Jeepster convertible.

“I can still remember how it smelled when I first pulled in here — I was driving this car,” he said, recalling the trip in 1970 when he bought the place and named it Broken Arrow, after the Buffalo Springfield song.

The author of some of the spookiest, darkest songs in the American folk canon seemed jolly on this late-August day. Even if he was accompanied by a reporter, generally not his favorite species of human, the motion soothed him. “I’ve always been better moving than I am standing still,” he said.
Young, 66, spotted this land out the window of a plane banking out of San Francisco four decades ago and now owns nearly 1,000 acres of it. His song “Old Man” is a tribute to the caretaker who first showed him the place.

“I ran out of money, so I had to sell some of it,” he said. “That’s O.K., because it was too big. Everything happens for a reason.” He kept his eyes on the narrow road through the giant redwoods.

It was hard to reconcile the affable guy motoring along on a sunny day with his past incarnations: the portentous folkie of “Ohio,” the rabid anti-commercialist who gave MTV the musical middle finger with “This Note’s For You,” the angry rocker who threatened to hit the cameramen at Woodstock with his guitar. He was happy partly because he was here.

“For whatever you’re doing, for your creative juices, your geography’s got a hell of a lot to do with it,” he said. “You really have to be in a good place, and then you have to be either on your way there or on your way from there.”

We would spend a few hours creeping along — he drove slowly but joyfully, as if the automobile were a recent invention — on our way there or on our way from there, the ranch where Young lives with his wife, Pegi, and their son, Ben. His longtime producer and friend, David Briggs, who died in 1995, hated making records here, deriding the hermetic refuge as a “velvet cage.”

read all on NY TIMES, Neil Young Comes Clean (has also a nice photo of Neil)

Waging Heavy Peace release date

The release date for Neil’s book has been moved up:

Neil Young “Waging Heavy Peace”

Previous estimated arrival date:  October 09, 2012 – October 15, 2012

New estimated arrival date:  October 01, 2012 – October 05, 2012

Waging Heavy Peace: Limited Edition

There will be a limited edition of 500 copies that are signed, numbered, and leatherbound for $500.

At age 65, Neil Young, with no ghost writer, tells his story. Conversational in tone we get it all– the music, the bands, his son the quadriplegic, his daughter’s epilepsy…he has never compromised and doesn’t start now. Comparable to the big bios like Bob Dylan, Keith Richards and Eric Clapton. Appearances on Fresh Air, Letterman, CBS This Morning all confirmed.

500 Limited editions for $500.00 apiece – signed, numbered, leather bound.

Details

ISBN: 9780399162848
SKU SKU3095
Weight 5.00 lbs
Author Neil Young
Publisher Blue Rider Press
Edition Signed limited hardcover
Page Count 416
Print Run 500
Release Date October 2012
Price: $500.00

“The publisher doesn’t provide an overview and there isn’t any information listed that it is autographed”

Patti Smith and Neil Young present their books (The New Yorker)

…and will go on a tour together this summer.

June 6, 2012

Neil Young and Patti Smith at B.E.A.

by Ben Greenman
Blue Rider Press and Penguin USA Celebrate Neil Young's New Book

PatrickMcMullan.com via AP Images

BookExpo America has its own rock stars: Barbara Kingsolver, Daniel Handler, Dean Koontz, whose name was on hundreds of posters on the front doors of the Javits Center. This year, it also had two actual rock stars: Neil Young and Patti Smith, who appeared on Wednesday afternoon at B.E.A. for an onstage conversation.

Both have new albums out: Young has just released “Americana,” a collection of folk songs such as “Oh Susanna” and “Clementine” updated as sprawling garage-rock and performed with his longtime partners in noise, Crazy Horse; and Smith has put out “Banga,” a collection that also touches on the American myth by adapting the journals of Amerigo Vespucci and, for that matter, includes a cover of Young’s “After the Gold Rush.” But they were at B.E.A. doing book business: Young’s memoir “Waging Heavy Peace” is due out in October, and Smith’s “Just Kids” won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2010. And while the two have crossed paths throughout the years—they sang together at Young’s Bridge Benefit concert in 1996, and they’ll join forces this fall for a tour we (and, we hope, they) are code-naming the Crazy Horses Tour…

…more on The New Yorker.

 

 

Random Quote

Indeed, \\\"Fuckin\\\' Up\\\" (the best track on Young\\\'s much-ballyhooed \\\"Ragged Glory\\\") is more than a great song; it\\\'s a lifestyle choice.
by Shannon Zimmerman; Salon, 20 August 2003.

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