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Rassy Ragland-Mother of an Icon

4898120The Winnebago Free Press offers a glimpse into the life of Neil Young’s mother, Rassy Ragland, who was a panelist on a a popular quiz show.

The article states: “Rassy Young was a truly unique character. “She was absolutely herself and I enjoyed her immensely,” recalled friend Nola Halter. “She was so funny, marvellously witty and very zany. She had a little blue English car which she drove in the wrong gear, in the wrong speed, in the middle of two lanes, swearing her head off at all these other drivers who got in her way. The road was hers.”

She bought Neil a Gretsch guitar and a Fender amplifier when requests to his father were rebuffed.

“She was absolutely hilarious when she phoned me and told me that Neiler had bought a hearse [Mort],” laughed Nola. “In that droll manner she had she said, ‘Well, if that’s what the kid wants.'”

It’s fitting that Neil seems so comfortable in the limelight these days: concert tours, talk shows about his book, documentary films, cruising the country in his Lincvolt. His parents were both celebrities, his father Scott Young, a Canadian writer/broadcaster.

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An Australian “Waging Heavy Peace” review

From the Sydney Herald, reviewer Daniel Herborn takes on “Waging Heavy Peace” on the tailend of a whirlwind Australian tour by Neil & the Horse.

Herborn has this to say about Neil’s first stab at autobiographical ramblings:

“Showing a zest for life and disdain for order and chronology, Waging Heavy  Peace is rambling, disorganised, rife with hippie aphorisms and absolutely  vital. Anybody hoping for a blow-by-blow account of his remarkable career will  be disappointed.”

Neil Young performs in Melbourne earlier this month. Photo: Jason South

In Young’s world view, nobody is ever forgotten, and long-departed friends are  just as likely to appear in the circuitous narrative as new collaborators, Herborn writes.

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Exclusive interview with Sharry Wilson on her new book “Young Neil” expected to be out sometime in 2014.

Two very different reviews of WHP

Neil-Young_Waging-Heavy-Peace_cover Neil Young’s “Waging Heavy Peace”:

It’s amazing how differently people see the book!

thanks go to pat r. from canada

NY Times Book Review: WHP

October 26, 2012, After the Gold Rush

A Hippie Dream
By Neil Young
Illustrated. 502 pp. Blue Rider Press. $30.

Neil Young is the kind of cantankerous, multitasking rocker Preston Sturges would have dreamed up, if Sturges had lived to see hippies descend on the Sunset Strip. There’s Young the sloppy musical perfectionist, the ebullient fatalist, the inscrutable dreamer, the misanthropic man of the people. There’s the earnest entrepreneur trying to launch a high-fidelity digital alternative to tinny-­sounding MP3s, the occasional movie director with roughly the aesthetic disposition of Bigfoot, the hobbyist so smitten with model trains he bought a piece of the Lionel company, a collector so crazy for cars he’s sunk a fortune into developing an eco-friendly hybrid version of a 1959 Lincoln Continental. He’s a devoted, profoundly protective family man and benefit-giving solid citizen who somehow smoked enough dope, snorted enough coke and drank enough spirits to keep pace with his generation’s most renowned substance abusers.

Sued by his own record company for making “uncharacteristic” music, he has burned through genres like a prairie fire: psychedelia, Americana, grunge, alt-country, freak folk, supermarket MOR, he was there and back before they were even ­categories.

One minute Young’s the unsurpassed master of guitar feedback, the next he’s cooing sappy ditties under bucolic studio moonlight. Restless and overproductive, he has vaults full of unreleased music; he’s toured widely and often (the now-­defunct custom bus he called Pocahontas was straight out of “Sullivan’s Travels”), briefly passing through greener commercial pastures on his way to the deepest ditch or most imposing cliff he can find (goodbye “Harvest”and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, hello “Tonight’s the Night”and “Ragged Glory”).

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