Neil Young is a strumming, rambling contradiction: an American institution born in Canada, simultaneously obsessed with the future of digital music and nostalgic for the vinyl era, a singer who gained notoriety for railing against Nixon but sometimes defended Reagan. He’s constantly pulled in two directions in his sprawling memoir, Waging Heavy Peace, splitting his time between the easily charted tales of his five-decade career as a musician and off-the-cuff asides about his favorite cars and his model-train collection. The result is a jumbled, slightly surreal narrative that struggles with momentum. Fittingly, Peace unfolds like a blustery Crazy Horse jam: often frustrating but occasionally hitting on an enrapturing revelation, requiring ample stores of passion and patience. B-
'WAGING' CONFUSION The contradictory tale of Young's life is at times refreshing and other times incomprehensible
Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir; Author: Neil Young (Musician); Publisher: Blue Rider Press
Posted January 17 2015 — 5:04 PM EST
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