“Some great insights, but telling it straight (in this case literally since Neil is off pot for the first time in his adult life) may not have helped. The book meanders and gets lost in corners, especially the corner where the case for his technology arguments go to die. I'm enthusiastically for his avid pursuit of pure reproduction of music, but by the fifth visit, I was ready to listen to the mp3 of this book and fast forward.”rick r wrote this review Monday, January 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a must read for any Neil Young fan. Great stories about the people he has collaborated with over the years. Most of the time, you feel like you are just hanging out with him in his daily journey. He seems to write honestly, although quite the rambler as you might expect. He says he hasn't written a song since January 2011 which is shocking - read the book to find out why!
If it were up to me I'd suggest he write his next song with this quote from the end of his book. "It is important to remember the times when life is in full bloom. Those are the moments that give us the faith to move through the darkness when it falls." -Marilyn, Reference”
“Loved it. Small town Ontario boy. Great story teller. Great music maker. A little dorky and rambling at times but easy to read and hard to put down. ”Arnie Hyma wrote this review Friday, December 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'm a big Neil Young fan, so I didn't come at this book from a place of dispassionate objectivity.
This book makes me feel the same way his music makes me feel, better than I did before. Like there's a lot of shit to deal with in the world, but there's also a lot of good in people and if we keep the faith, we can make it mostly okay. For instance, when he talks about his son, Ben, who is quadriplegic and non-verbal. There's no glossing of the difficulties, but no pathos either, and Young finds so much joy in fatherhood.
This memoir is rambling and discursive at times, but in a way that works, kind of like a Neil Young concert. He covers stories from his family and personal life, memories of other musicians he's known, and always comes back to his many technical projects. He's working on improving the quality of digital music and on building a better electric car.
Read this. You'll be better off for it.
“Got my homemade Carmel Latte, some classical tunes in the background & I'm living the "hippie dream" with Neil Young as he is "Waging Heavy Peace". Love lazy Saturdays.”Robin Warden wrote this review Monday, October 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No