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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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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”).

read more on NY Times.

Carradine Narrates Waging Heavy Peace

On Thursday Carradine Narrates Neil Young was a top story. Here is the recap: (Gibson) Neil Young’s memoir Waging Heavy Peace is already acclaimed. An audiobook version is out also, read by actor Keith Carradine, brother of David and part of the Carradine acting dynasty. Carradine may seem an odd choice to some, but he’s long been a musicianhimself. In 1975, he performed his own song “I’m Easy” in the movie Nashville – it won a Golden Globe and an Oscar.

Rolling Stone says, “Waging Heavy Peace isn’t a traditional rock memoir. Written throughout 2011, it addresses everything from the recent Crazy Horse reunion back to the formation of Buffalo Springfield – but it’s presented in a completely non-linear way. Young also stops the narrative from time to time to complain about the audio quality of MP3s and go into detail about his on-going electric car project. The end result is a glimpse right into Young’s brain.” – Listen to Keith Carradine reading Neil Young by following [this link on].

The NewYorker: The Vexing Simplicity of Neil Young

October 17, 2012

The Vexing Simplicity of Neil Young

Neil-Young_Waging-Heavy-Peace_cover Discussion and photos on Human

Original article by Alec Wilkinson

I was a little surprised when Neil Young published his memoir, “Waging Heavy Peace,” because he is the only artist I have ever encountered who is proud of not reading. Reading would distract him from writing songs, he once told me, meaning interfere with whatever mechanism supplied him with his melodies and lyrics.

…more on The New Yorker.

Shar comments:

“One of the most insightful, genius writings on Neil I have ever read. Things I never thought about.”

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