Neil Young Biography

Neil Percival Young, (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician. He began performing in a group covering Shadows instrumentals in Canada in 1960, before moving to California in 1966, where he co-founded the band Buffalo Springfield along with Stephen Stills and Richie Furay, later joining Crosby, Stills & Nash as a fourth member in 1969. He forged a successful and acclaimed solo career, releasing his first album in 1968; his career has since spanned over 45 years and 35 studio albums, with a continual and uncompromising exploration of musical styles. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website describes Young as "one of rock and roll's greatest songwriters and performers". He has been inducted into the Hall of Fame twice: first as a solo artist in 1995, and second as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1997.

Young's work is characterized by his distinctive guitar work, deeply personal lyrics and signature alto or high tenor singing voice. Although he accompanies himself on several different instruments, including piano and harmonica, his idiosyncratic electric and clawhammer acoustic guitar playing are the defining characteristics of a varyingly ragged and melodic sound. While Young has experimented with differing music styles, including swing and electronic music throughout a varied career, his best known work usually falls into two primary styles: acoustic (folk and country rock) and electric (amplified hard rock, very often in collaboration with the band Crazy Horse). Young has also adopted elements from newer styles such as alternative rock and grunge. His influence on the latter caused some to dub him the "Godfather of Grunge".

Young has directed (or co-directed) a number of films using the pseudonym Bernard Shakey, including Journey Through the Past (1973), Rust Never Sleeps (1979), Human Highway (1982), Greendale (2003), and CSNY/Deja Vu (2008). He is currently working on a documentary about electric car technology, tentatively titled LincVolt. The project involves a 1959 Lincoln Continental converted to hybrid technology, which Young plans to drive to Washington, D.C. as an environmentalist example to lawmakers there.

Young is an environmentalist, outspoken advocate for the welfare of small farmers, having co-founded in 1985 the benefit concert Farm Aid. In 1986, Young helped found The Bridge School, an educational organization for children with severe verbal and physical disabilities, and its annual supporting Bridge School Benefit concerts, together with his wife Pegi Young ( Morton). Young has three children: sons Zeke (born during his relationship with actress Carrie Snodgress) and Ben, who were diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and daughter Amber Jean who, like Young himself, has epilepsy. Young lives on his ranch in La Honda, California. Although he has lived in northern California since the 1970s and sings as frequently about U.S. themes and subjects as he does about his native country, he has retained his Canadian citizenship. On July 14, 2006, Young was awarded the Order of Manitoba, and on December 30, 2009, was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

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Neil Young victim of Twitter porn hack

The musician's social networking account was tweeting NSFW images and text

  • Jun 9, 2014

Neil Young and Jack White record live straight to vinyl on 'The Tonight Show' - watch

Young records cover of Willie Nelson's 'Crazy' as part of Jimmy Fallon show

  • May 13, 2014

Neil Young releases surprise covers album on Jack White's Third Man Records

The record went on sale last night (April 18) with no announcement made

  • Apr 19, 2014

Neil Young postpones release of Record Store Day boxset

Singer wants to 'focus on other works' instead of four-album box

  • Mar 19, 2014

Neil Young 'bought 20,000 copies of 'Comes a Time' album to use as roofing'

Singer-songwriter was not happy with audio quality of 1978 album

  • Mar 18, 2014

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Neil Young - 'Psychedelic Pill'

Neil Young - 'Psychedelic Pill'

A gnarly whopper of a treat

  • Oct 26, 2012

Album Review: Neil Young - Le Noise (Reprise)

The potential is lost beneath endlessly unconvincing soundscapes

  • Sep 24, 2010

Roskilde Festival : Roskilde, Denmark

Robbie Williams, Neil Young, PJ Harvey, Nick Cave and more at the best festival in Europe...

  • Jul 2, 2001

Fleadh Festival : London Finsbury Park

Neil Young headlines, while Starsailor prove the hype's justified...

  • Jun 17, 2001

Red Hot Chili Peppers / Neil Young And Crazy Horse: Hollywood Palladium

Neil Young and the Chili Peppers bring out the big hits in support of rehab counsellor Gloria Scott...

  • Mar 5, 2001

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