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Neil Young (born Neil Percival Young, 12.11.1945) Neil Young is a Canadian, internationally-renowned singer and songwriter who rose to fame in the 1960s as part of the groups Buffalo Springfield and Crosby Stills Nash & Young.
Biography: Neil Young was born in Toronto. His father, Scott Young was a novelist and sportswriter. His mother, Edna Ragland (Rassy) was also an aspiring sports journalist.
Neil Young walks with a slight limp, as a result of having polio as a child. When he was 12, his parents divorced and he moved with his mother to Winnipeg. It was here that he formed his first band, The Jades. He later met Ken Koblun, who encouraged him to join The Squires. The Squires had a hit, locally, entitled 'The Sultan'. Whilst they were in Thunder Bay, Neil Young met Stephen Stills and Randy Bachman for the first time.
Young wrote some of his early folk tracks after leaving The Squires, such as 'Sugar Mountain'. Joni Mitchell wrote 'The Circle Game' as a response to the track.
In 1966, Young joined the Mynah Birds, fronted by Rick James. They signed to Motown briefly, before James was arrested for being AWOL for the US Army.
Buffalo Springfield: In Los Angeles, Neil Young formed Buffalo Springfield with Stephen Stills, Bruce Palmer, Richie Furay and Dewey Martin. Their mix of psychedelia, folk and country led to them becoming very popular, especially after the release of 'For What It's Worth'.
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young / Solo Career
When Buffalo Springfield disbanded, Neil Young signed a solo deal with Reprise Records, sharing his manager, Elliot Roberts, with Joni Mitchell. Young's eponymous debut album was released in 1968, to mixed reviews.
For his second album, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Young recruited Ralph Molina, Danny Whitten and Billy Talbot to be his backing band. The band took on the name Crazy Horse. The album featured the iconic songs 'Cinnamon Girl' and 'Down by the River'.
Following the release of the album, Neil Young re-joined Stephen Stills, as well as David Crosby and Graham Nash, who had already recorded as a trio. The quartet performed at 1969's Woodstock festival. They recorded an album, Déjà Vu, but Young and Stills fought for control and argued often. They wrote the song 'Ohio' following the Kent State massacre in May 1970.
1970 also saw Neil Young release his third solo album, After the Gold Rush, featuring Nils Lofgren. Crazy Horse left the Neil Young stable and landed their own record deal, so Young recruited a new group of session musicians, called The Stray Gators.
His next album, Harvest was a global hit, with 'Heart of Gold' becoming his first US number one single. 'The Needle and the Damage Done', an account of the damage of heroin use, is another popular song from Harvest.
Time Fades Away was written after Danny Whitten's death from a heroin overdose. He toured the album with Linda Ronstadt as the opener. This was followed by the highly acclaimed Tonight's The Night and On the Beach.
Neil Young's next acoustic album was Homegrown, a highly personal album that reflected on his break-up from Carrie Snodgress.
For Zuma, Young was reunited with Crazy Horse, with Frank Sampedro on guitar. The album featured 'Cortez the Killer'
In 1976, Neil Young starred in The Last Waltz, the concert footage produced by Martin Scorsese. The concert also featured The Band, Eric Clapton and Van Morrison.
The song 'Like A Hurricane' was one of the most popular songs from Young's 1977 album American Stars 'N Bars. The following year, he released Comes A Time, featuring Nicolette Larson and Crazy Horse.
The 'Rust Never Sleeps' tour was recorded and released in audio and video format as Live Rust. The Album Rust Never Sleeps was Rolling Stone magazine's Album of the Year in 1979.
Though Neil Young's influence never waned during the 1980s, his own career wavered somewhat as he experimented with synthesizers, vocoders and electronic music. It took many years for Re-ac-tor and Trans to be recognized with any degree of acclaim. The release of Trans, coupled with an album of rockabilly covers entitled Everybody's Rockin' caused David Geffen (the head of Young's record label at the time) to sue Neil Young for making music that was 'unrepresentative' of himself.
It wasn't until 1989 with the release of 'Rockin in the Free World' (taken from the album Freedom) that Young's career began to hit its stride once more. An album released the same year highlighted Young's influence over younger musicians, especially in the emerging grunge scene. The Bridge: A Tribute To Neil Young featured covers of his music performed by Dinosaur Jr., Nick Cave, The Pixies and Sonic Youth. Kurt Cobain of Nirvana was also vocal in appreciation of Young's music. In 1990, Young toured his Ragged Glory with the punk bands Social Distortion and Sonic Youth in support. A later album, Sleeps With Angels was inspired by the death of Cobain. Then, in 1995, Young recorded the album Mirror Ball with Pearl Jam.
Young returned to country and folk with 1992's Harvest Moon, which featured Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor. In 1995, following the death of Young's longtime producer, David Briggs, Young and Crazy Horse reconvened and recorded Broken Arrow. Jim Jarmusch directed the accompanying film, Year of the Horse.
2000 onwards has seen Neil Young's music career go through peaks and troughs. In 2005, he was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm whilst he worked on his Prairie Wind album.
In 2006, Young released an overtly political album criticizing George W. Bush. The album was entitled Living With War and featured the track 'Let's Impeach the President'.
Young previously said he had not given permission for Trump to use his music.
Neil Young has said he’s now alright with Donald Trump using his music and he harbours no resentment against the Republican presidential candidate. Last year Trump announced his candidacy by using Young’s ‘Rockin' in the Free World’ at a rally, causing the singer to accuse him of not having the proper permissions to use the track.
Neil Young is now okay with Donald Trump using his music.
But in a new interview with Reuters Young a Bernie Sanders supporter, said: “The fact that I said I was for Bernie Sanders and then he didn't ask me to use 'Rockin' in the Free World' doesn't mean that he can't use it.”
Neil Young has backtracked on U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump's use of his music at campaign rallies.
Last year (15) the Canadian rocker, 70, previously launched a scathing attack on the billionaire turned politician for using his song Rockin' in the Free World at political events.
The musician went so far as to say that if Donald asked him for approval he would refuse due to his disillusion with U.S. politics and inability to vote in American elections.
However now the veteran singer-songwriter says he has no problem with the controversial candidate using his songs as Donald's campaign team obtained the licence to do so from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
Continue reading: Neil Young Relents And Approves Donald Trump's Song Use
The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney are set to rock on at this year's (16) Desert Trip festival in California after organisers added a second weekend.
The acts will now play on 14-16 October (16), as well as the previously announced weekend (07-09Oct16).
Sources claim all the performances will start after sunset, and each act will get the chance to perform a full set.
Neil Young has backtracked on his dislike of streaming music services by putting his entire music catalogue on Tidal.
Last summer (15), the rocker pulled his music from online streaming sites, insisting they all offered "the worst quality in the history of broadcasting".
At the time, he said, "Streaming has ended for me... It's not because of the money... It's about sound quality. I don't need my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution. I don't feel right allowing this to be sold to my fans. It's bad for my music.
"For me, it's about making and distributing music people can really hear and feel. I stand for that. When the quality is back, I'll give it another look. Never say never."
Continue reading: Neil Young Offers Up Back Catalogue On Tidal
Neil Young almost formed a studio supergroup with Nirvana stars Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic.
Butch Vig, the producer of Nirvana's iconic Nevermind album, has revealed he set up a session for the trio after Young showed interest in working with Grohl while the Foo Fighters star was directing his documentary Sound City, about the Sound City studios in California.
"It would have been f**king awesome. And I know if Neil Young played with them he'd go, 'Oh, let's go on tour and play some shows together!' It would be like (Young's band) Crazy Horse on steroids. But then it didn't happen.
Continue reading: Neil Young Almost Recorded With Nirvana Stars
Folk Rocker Father John Misty Fears He Is Unofficially 'Banned' From Performing At Neil Young's Annual Charity Concert After Accidentally Upsetting Him At A Gig.
The former Fleet Foxes drummer, real name Joshua Tillman, penned a song for his debut solo album called I'm Writing A Novel, which includes a verse about the veteran musician and an allusion to his song Revolution Blues.
Tillman was surprised to see Young in attendance at one of his early concerts, and when the rocker walked out after he played the track, Tillman is convinced Young mistakenly took offence at the lyrics.
He now fears he will never receive an invitation to perform at the Bridge School Benefit, Young's annual charity concert in California in aid of the Bridge School, for children with special educational needs.
Continue reading: Father John Misty Fears He Upset Neil Young With Tribute Track
Neil Young And Nils Lofgren Thrilled Fans At The Bridge School Benefit In Mountain View, California On Saturday (24oct15) When They Joined Forces To Perform A Song They Haven't Played Together Since 1991.
Young walked out onstage during Lofgren's fourth appearance at his charity festival and joined the guitarist for Grin track Believe to rapturous applause.
Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band sidekick first appeared on Young's 1970 album After the Gold Rush, when he was a teenager. The two old pals last performed Believe together in 1991.
Lofgren then joined Young and Promise of the Real on piano for their nine-song set.
Continue reading: Nils Lofgren Teams Up With Neil Young At Bridge School Benefit Gig
Rocker Neil Young Has Launched A Website Aimed At Fans Of Global Conservation.
The singer/songwriter's new GoEarth.org offers information on ecology, the future of farming, climate change and the latest research on healthy food, while also encouraging fans and users to get involved with earth-saving social causes.
The site's motto is, "It takes a village to keep the free world rockin'" - a reference to Young's activism anthem Rockin' in the Free World, which he objected to presidential candidate Donald Trump using as a campaign tune at political rallies this summer (15).
"GoEarth.org is a powerful resource for finding services and organizations dedicated to helping you live a healthy, vital and informed life, while participating in Earth's flourishing sustainability movement," a statement reads. "It is a reliable portal for information on common sense, innovative and creative solutions to many of the crisis we face."
Continue reading: Neil Young Launches Global Conservation Website
Larry Mullen Jr. has revealed he wants his band U2 to shun stadium tours in favour of smaller, more intimate gigs.
Larry Mullen Jr. thinks U2 need to get smaller.
The 53-year-old rocker thinks it would be ''so cool'' if the group took time off to play cover versions for ''fun'' and then shunned their usual stadium shows in favour of intimate club gigs - though he also admits it could lead to the end of the band.
He said: ''When this tour is over, we should set off on a trip where we learn how to play other people's songs for fun and then go back and record an album with what we've learned.
Continue reading: Larry Mullen Jr. Wants U2 To Play Smaller Gigs
Punk Legend John Lydon Left Veteran Rocker Neil Young Speechless When He Wrecked A Birthday Cake By Stamping On It With His Bare Feet.
The bizarre incident occurred at a hotel when Lydon heard the Heart of Gold hitmaker was in the building with his then-bandmates and decided to try to impress them with an acrobatic stunt.
However, the prank fell flat when Young failed to see the funny side - and Lydon is convinced the rocker remembered the moment when he later snubbed the former Sex Pistols frontman by refusing to appear on his cable show Rotten TV in 2000.
Lydon tells Uncut magazine, "It was a lot to do with a meeting years earlier in a hotel... Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young were having a meeting at the same hotel. They had a cake. I came down barefoot from my room, I had a suit jacket on with a tie but no shirt, and not a lot else. I jumped on his cake barefoot, and went, 'Hello!' But I meant it well. I thought they'd burst out laughing and go, this is our birthday gift, Johnny Rotten. Like exploding out of the cake? No, it doesn't work like that, rock people or not. They completely lack spontaneous humour."
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