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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 12 November 1945Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Birth NameNeil Percival Kenneth Robert Ragland Young
Nicknames Don Grungio
Godfather of Grunge
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Neil Young is one of the most respected and prolific rock/folk guitarists of the late 20th century. Raised in Canada, he first became well-known as a guitarist and occasional vocalist for the band Buffalo Springfield. After the band's breakup, Young became a solo performer. However, he also has spent more than 30 years performing with the super-group Crosby Stills Nash & Young, as well as with the band Crazy Horse. He also recorded an album with the grunge band Pearl Jam in 1995. Besides his work as a musician, he has also been active in film. Young has produced and/or performed in such concert films as Rust Never Sleeps (1979), Year of the Horse (1997) and many more. He has also been involved with non-musical films, including Human Highway (1982) and Made in Heaven (1987).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: jgp3553@excite.com

Spouse (1)

Pegi Young (2 August 1977 - present) (3 children)

Trade Mark (3)

His distinctive voice
Songs about personal and political themes
His Gibson Les Paul "Old Black"

Trivia (28)

He has two sons with cerebral palsy: Zeke Young, born by a relationship with actress Carrie Snodgress, and Ben, born 1978, (with Pegi Young née Morton). He also has a daughter named Amber Jean (b. 1984), with Pegi.
Refused a million-dollar offer to appear at "Woodstock '94" on the basis of what he saw as its overemphasis on commercialism.
Has turned down every commercial endorsement he has been offered. He even wrote a song about his stance: "This Note's For You".
Lives in Northern California.
Some of his best known songs include "Cinnamon Girl", "Down by the River", "Heart of Gold", "After the Gold Rush", "Hey Hey, My My", and "Rockin' In The Free World".
1995: In his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction speech, he thanked Kurt Cobain for inspiring him to renew his dedication to making music. Eddie Vedder, once the target of criticism by Cobain, introduced him.
In Spin magazine's list of the top 100 Alternative Albums in 1995, "Tonight's The Night" (1975) came in at #14, and "Rust Never Sleeps" (1979) came in at #61.
The melody for his song "Mother Earth (Natural Anthem)" is taken from the Old English folk song, "O Waly, Waly". He is known to close his concerts with this song.
Guitarist and singer for rock group Crosby Stills Nash & Young.
In the mid-1960s he played in a rock band called The Mynah Birds with future R&B artist Rick James and Bruce Palmer in Canada. James was AWOL from the US Naval Reserves and hiding out from the authorities. Prior to the release of their debut single "It's My Time" (co-written by James and Young) on Motown's V.I.P. label, James was extradited and jailed. Young and James never worked together musically after this. However, Young and Palmer would go on to form Buffalo Springfield soon thereafter.
1997: Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of Buffalo Springfield).
Young, a lifelong devotee of model trains, read that Lionel Trains LLC, probably the most famous model-train manufacturer in the world, was going into bankruptcy and would probably have to shut down. Not wanting to see that happen, he invested his own money in the company, in which he is now a part-owner, and today the company is financially sound and thriving.
His songs "Southern Man" and "Alabama" were attacks on racism in the Southern US. The songs were "answered" by Lynyrd Skynyrd with their song "Sweet Home Alabama" (which in turn was "answered" by Warren Zevon's song "Play It All Night Long"). Some have interpreted Young's "Walk On" as an answer on his turn, although others think it's more likely the lyrics in "Walk On" refer to Crosby Stills Nash & Young. After Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines of Lynyrd Skynyrd were killed in a plane crash (1977), Young performed a rare live version of "Alabama" at Bicentennial Park, Miami, FL, on 11/12/1977, for Children's Hospital Charity with The Gone With The Wind Orchestra and he changed the lyric chorus from "Alabama" to "Sweet Home Alabama".
Left Buffalo Springfield prior to their appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) in 1967. He was replaced for that gig, as well as their appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival, by his future bandmate in Crosby Stills Nash & Young, David Crosby.
Raised in Omemee, Ontario. Scott Young Public School in Omemee is named after his father.
He was voted the 34th Greatest Artist of all time in Rock 'n' Roll by Rolling Stone.
Called Carrie Snodgress after he'd seen her in the movie Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970). In "A Man Needs A Maid", he sings: "I fell in love with the actress / She was playing a part I could understand". The relationship lasted until 1975.
April 2005: Hospitalized to remove a brain aneurysm.
1970: Wrote the song "Ohio" shortly after the infamous Kent State shootings.
Wrote an infamous dark trilogy "Time Fades Away", "On The Beach" and "Tonight's The Night" after the death of friends of Danny Whitten and Bruce Berrett, although he has said that "On The Beach" has a positive message.
His favorite albums of his own are "Trans", "Everybody's Rockin'" and "Tonight's The Night", in that order.
In the 1960s, prior to Buffalo Springfield, Young played in an R&B act called the Mynah Birds. The singer was Rick James.
While he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Buffalo Springfield and as a solo artist, he was not inducted with Crosby Stills Nash & Young.
Despite having lived in the U.S since the 1960s, he has never applied for U.S Citizenship and has no plans to do so.
Son of Edna and Scott Young.
Lives on a 1500 acre ranch in La Honda, California. he also has homes in Florida and Hawaii.
La Honda, California [July 2008]
After recently coming back on tour with Crosby Stills Nash & Young, he has released his solo album, "Are you Passionate", and is soon going on tour to promote it. [April 2002]

Personal Quotes (34)

Live music is better.
It's better to burn out than to fade away.
Remember when you used to watch TV in the '60s and you'd see Perry Como in a cashmere sweater? That's what rock'n'roll is becoming. It's your parents' music.
My my, hey hey. Rock and roll is here to stay.
All that stuff about heavy metal and hard rock, I don't subscribe to any of that. It's all just music. I mean, the heavy metal from the '70s sounds nothing like the stuff from the '80s, and that sounds nothing like the stuff from the '90s. Who's to say what is and isn't a certain type of music?
[when asked if punk rock influenced his 1979 album "Rust Never Sleeps] No, I wasn't really influenced by that scene. Most of the songs on that album had been written well before The Sex Pistols were ever heard of. "The Thrasher" was pretty much me writing about my experiences with Crosby Stills & Nash in the mid-'70s. Do you know Lynyrd Skynyrd almost ended up recording "Powderfinger" before my version came out? We sent them an early demo of it because they wanted to do one of my songs.
[about his 1974 tour] "Oh, that was a fabulous tour, one of my best. Over in England, The Rainbow . . . Bristol was the best ever . . . the Festival Hall . . . those were magical gigs. I did an encore at the latter with nobody there but Ahmet Ertegun, who owns Atlantic Records. I said, "Ahmet, I played so good tonight I think I deserve my own private encore". So we went out and played "Tonight's The Night" for the fourth time that evening [bursts out laughing] with no one left in the theater.
[on Kurt Cobain, who quoted the Young song "My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)" in his suicide note] The fact that he left the lyrics to my song right there with him when he killed himself left a profound feeling on me, but I don't think he was saying I have to kill myself because I don't want to fade away. I don't think he was interpreting the song in a negative way. It's a song about artistic survival, and I think he had a problem with the fact that he thought he was selling out, and he didn't know how to stop it. He was forced to do tours when he didn't want to, forced into all kinds of stuff. I was trying to get a hold of him - because I had heard some of the things he was doing to himself - just to tell him it's OK not to tour, it's OK not to do these things, just take control of your life and make your music. Or, hey, don't make music. But as soon as you feel like you're out there pretending, you're fucked. I think he knew that instinctively, but he was young and he didn't have a lot of self-control. And who knows what other personal things in his life were having a negative impression on him at the time?
(when asked who's the greatest musician of all time) Bob Dylan, I'll never be Bob Dylan. He's the master. If I'd like to be anyone, it's him. And he's a great writer, true to his music and done what he feels is the right thing to do for years and years and years. He's great. He's the one I look to. I'm always interested in what he's doing now, or did last, or did a long time ago that I didn't find out about. The guy has written some of the greatest poetry and put it to music in a way that it touched me, and other people have done that, but not so consistently or as intensely. Like me, he waits around and keeps going, and he knows that he doesn't have the muse all the time, but he knows that it'll come back and it'll visit him and he'll have his moment.
As soon as you start talking about mystique, you have none.
I never met John Lydon, but I like what he did to people.
Somehow, by doing what I wanted to do, I manage to give people what they don't want to hear, and they still come back. I haven't been able to figure that you yet.
I'd rather play "Sweet Home Alabama" than "Southern Man" anytime. I first heard it and really liked the way they [Lynyrd Skynyrd] played their guitars. Then I heard my own name in it and thought, "Now this is pretty great".
[on sharing an award nomination with Justin Bieber] Of course I'm in the same category. I'm not in the same time zone.
The fact is that I can be really irritable when I'm unhappy about stuff. I can be a nit-picker about details that seem to be over the top. But then again I'm into what I'm into, so a lot of people forgive me because of that.
Every car is full of stories. Who rode in 'em, where they went, where they ended up, how they got here.
[About how well different things he's done in his life were received - or not] I didn't care and still don't. I experimented, I tried things, I learned things, I know more about all of that than I did before.
I work for the muse ... I'm not here to sell things. That's what other people do, I'm creating them. If it doesn't work out, I'm sorry; I'm just doing what I do. You hired me to do what I do, not what you do. As long as people don't tell me what to do, there will be no problem.
The songs the [Crazy] Horse likes to consume are always heartfelt and do not need to have anything fancy associated with them. The Horse is very suspicious of tricks.
At 65, it seems that I may not be at the peak of my rock 'n' roll powers. But that is not for sure.
[operating his train set] I am the Wizard of Oz in here. I can make anything happen because I know how it all works. Music is math.
Writing is very convenient, has a low expense and is a great way to pass the time. I highly recommend it to any old rocker who is out of cash and doesn't know what to do next.
The straighter I am, the more alert I am, the less I know myself and the harder it is to recognize myself. I need a little grounding in something and I am looking for it everywhere.
I did [marijuana] for 40 years. Now I want to see what it's like to not do it. It's just a different perspective.
[In a telegram to Stephen Stills after quitting a tour]: "Funny how some things that start spontaneously end that way. Eat a peach; Neil."
For whatever you're doing, for your creative juices, your geography's got a hell of a lot to do with it. You really have to be in a good place, and then you have to be either on your way there or on your way from there.
I like people, I just don't have to see them all the time.
I don't think I'm going to be able to continue to mainly be a musician forever, because physically I think it's going to take its toll on me - it's already starting to show up here and there.
I still remember 'the mighty Cros' [David Crosby] visiting the ranch in his van. That van was a rolling laboratory that made Jack Casady's briefcase look like chicken feed. Forget I said that! Was my mike on?
Sometimes a smooth process heralds the approach of atrophy or death.
Sometimes it's better not to blow up at someone. I can save that anger and emotion for my guitar playing.
I tell Ben [Young, his quadriplegic, cerebral-palsy son] everything, and he listens. He knows everything, but who is he going to tell?
[on Kurt Cobain quoting a Young lyric in his suicide note] I wrote it for the rock and roll star, meaning that if you go while you are burning hottest, then that is how you are remembered - at the peak of your powers forever. That is rock and roll.
[on composing some of his best songs while stoned, in bed] I had a guitar case near the bed - probably too near the bed in the opinion of most of the women I had relationships with.

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