Waging Heavy Peace 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… Waging Heavy Peace 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… 2012-09-25 Memoir Nonfiction Blue Rider Press
Book Review

Waging Heavy Peace (2012)

'WAGING' CONFUSION The contradictory tale of Young's life is at times refreshing and other times incomprehensible
'WAGING' CONFUSION The contradictory tale of Young's life is at times refreshing and other times incomprehensible
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Sep 25, 2012; Writer: Neil Young (Musician); Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction; Publisher: Blue Rider Press

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-

Originally posted Sep 26, 2012 Published in issue #1227 Oct 05, 2012 Order article reprints