Just read Neil Young's autobiography...

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  1. Chritty

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    Quite disappointed with it.

    It seemed to me to be mainly a big sales pitch for his pseudoscience riddled Pono Music Player and his Lincvolt projects.
     
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    Did he talk about all the cheating on his wife with Daryl Hannah?
     
  3. Deeve

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    Yup - I go through enough muso-bios that I'm not gonna say how many, out of embarrassment

    Graham Nash's book, however, is quite lovely, esp the part where he is released from his contract to leave the Hollies.
    Also - read Prince Rupert Lowenstein's book about his time as the book-keeper for Rolling Stones. Fascinating.
    Bobby Keys - Every Night's Saturday Night - I'd read it again and enjoy it again.

    Peace - Deeve
     
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    I tried to read it...it was too disjointed and like it was mentioned, riddled with adverts for his Pono music player and how we mere mortals have no idea what good sound quality is...ummm...sure Neil...
     
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    I've got a great bio of Danny Gatton [Mod. edit]
     
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    i read NY's earlier bio called "Shakey" not a bad read. I got up to the part where he was making that terrible movie "Journey through the past" and lost interest.
    I am a Bio reader too and read some good ones.
     
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    "Shakey" is much better as a biography, while "Waging Heavy Peace" is more of an insight to Neil's personality. It's disjointed and rambling, like a conversation. Yeah he went on about his quixotic pet projects, but I imagine he talks peoples' ears off about them in real life, too.

    My favorite part of "Shakey" was when author Jimmy McDonough told about trying for months to get an interview with Neil, and finally getting a voicemail from Neil himself saying he'd talk to him. So McDonough hops a bus across country to where Neil's playing and shows up backstage. He's ushered into a room with Neil only to discover the phone call had been a prank from a friend of his- Neil had never called, and there was no offer of an interview. But, Neil thought McDonough was trying to bluff his way in and was impressed with the guy's chutzpah, so he decided to do the interview anyway.
     
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    I really enjoyed his "Special Deluxe" book, because I'm such a car nut and pumped his gas for him when I was in high school working at a gas station near his ranch. I've tried his autobiography this winter, but pretty much a rehash of "Special Deluxe", so having a difficult time keeping interested.
     
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    Last year, a local repertoire theatre had a mini-Neil festival. Some I liked, others not so much. I also read Shakey...while I love the man's music, some artists, such as himself, are not autobiographical material.
     
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    I have never read any of his autobiographies, even though I'm a if fan of his music. Thanks for the heads up. I won't waste my money.
     
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    If you mean Waging Heavy Peace (I think), yeah, lousy book. Really tedious.
     
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    I like a good biography, not so much autobiographies.
     
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    Yeah, not a great fan of autobiographies per se. I can't understand why the person who knows the story best, tells it so poorly most of the time. Can't get far enough outside of themselves to see clearly, I guess.
     
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    It seemed to me to be mainly a big sales pitch for his pseudoscience riddled Pono Music Player and his Lincvolt projects.

    Not to mention his pseudoscience anti-GMO/Monsatan conspiritard nonsense.

    Dude can write a good song tho.....
     
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    Either that or they are trying to cover and hide all their flaws. Tom Petty comes to mind.
     
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    Neil is flogging a dead horse with that pono crap.
     
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    I liked it. Yeah, he jumps around like crazy, but that is totally Neil Young. He does the same thing with his life and his projects. It was a real glimpse into how his mind works and I thought it was fascinating. Of course I'm a huge fan, so that helps.
     
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    That's fair enough. It was just my opinion.

    I really struggled with the jumping around. People die more than once in his narrative flow and I found that confusing and frustrating. It's like he never re-read what he had already written.
     
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    I do like to hear their "voice" though.
     
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