Kyle Anderson
September 28, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Waging Heavy Peace

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Neil Young (Musician)
publisher
Blue Rider Press
genre
Nonfiction, Memoir

We gave it a B-

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-

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