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Toronto, Canada (1960 – present)

Neil Percival Young (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian , guitarist, and social activist who is widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of his generation, particularly as Neil Young & Crazy Horse. Young was born in Toronto, but he moved to the family home of Winnipeg as a child, which is where his music career began. Young began performing as a solo artist 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.

Having success on his own for a bit, he later joined the Crosby, Stills & Nash as a fourth member in 1969, thus forming Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. He forged a successful and acclaimed solo career, releasing his first album in 1968. His career has since spanned over 40 years and 34 studio albums, with a continual and uncompromising exploration of musical styles; his musical vision is notably referred to by his autobiographical tune”The Loner”. Music critics have often called him one of the best single artists of all time, and several tunes such as “Heart of Gold” and “Rockin’ in the Free World” remain popular on rock radio.

According to the Don’t Be Denied Songfacts, the 16-year-old Neil was raising chickens and selling the eggs, with plans to go to Ontario Agricultural College and be a farmer. Only his leisure activities foretold his future, when he would hide from his family problems in his room with his transistor radio playing local station CHUM.

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  • InSearchOfTruth

    v the most complete musican and guitarist of 20 century deserves a zero and minimal respect from you...epic.

    24 Jun 3:59pm Reply
  • sls

    zero respect for neil as a person. at least 1 good song so minimal respect for him as a musician. no desire to check out any of the rest of his stuff really.

    22 Jun 4:21pm Reply
  • FrankPerla

    Monsanto Years http://newalbumreleases.net/77204/neil-young-promise-of-the-real-the-monsanto-years-2015/

    22 Jun 10:41am Reply
  • b0ssh0ggn

    even tho he constantly shits on my beloved Alberta Oil Sands, I still love Neil Young...

    17 Jun 2:57pm Reply
  • ShiftingOrbit

    My favourite album is On The Beach. Hands down.

    7 Jun 4:39pm Reply
  • towlesda

    On the Beach is probably my favorite album of all time. I love Neil Young but his albums are sometimes inconsistent, in my opinion his best albums with the least amount of filler are On the Beach, After the Gold Rush and Tonight's the Night (I'd rate all three 5/5).

    5 Jun 2:41pm Reply
  • hawker27

    On The Beach for me. His masterpiece.

    30 May 2:30am Reply
  • dogblues

    I can't decide between on the beach or after the gold rush. they're both masterpieces.

    15 May 1:36am Reply
  • sandrarichm

    Love this Music

    9 May 9:08am Reply
  • jessyrocker

    Amazing

    6 May 4:32am Reply
  • TheUselessGolem

    Storytone has been growing on me a lot (acoustic version), great heartfelt songwriting in that direct, artless Neil way. The upcoming record should be awesome too. I love the songs as previewed live: again direct and artless, but with that charming, disarming Homegrown swing and attitude to it. Plus excellent melodies.

    5 May 3:29am Reply
  • jessyrocker

    Big Fan Here

    18 Apr 9:29pm Reply
  • P4name

    Tonight's The Night is the best Neil Young album and my favourite.

    14 Apr 8:42pm Reply
  • rogerjazzfan

    Tonight's the Night...recorded in 1973 and oficialy released in 1975...I love that album with all my heart...

    30 Mar 8:41pm Reply
  • SSBN623

    shit for brains, jim simon here shut the fuckup . . . what the fuck you been plantin' besides your di ck in cunts that was unconsciene objector that owe me money . . . I would ask for your thoughts but it appear your danm brain be busy ! thanx JMS (here is the number four the $h-club)

    26 Mar 9:34pm Reply
  • kick_yr_crutch

    Shelter me, from the powder and the finger...cover me with the thought that pulled the triggah!

    26 Mar 7:19pm Reply
  • sheepmachine

    "Human Highway, what a song." - seconded. The Bernstein recording is my most listened, but I love the studio version because of the backing vocals. & Landing on Water and Trans are both fantastic. Computer Age (!!!), Weight of the World, Transformer Man, Sample and Hold, and Hippie Dream are way up there. (I do happen to be partial to synths and outdated visions of the SPACE AGE, but that's not all of it) Neil is a genius

    26 Mar 2:52am Reply
  • TheUselessGolem

    Musically it's unquestionably one of his best recordings, but the singing and lyrics get too much in the way for me. Zone them out, though and you get minutes and minutes of glory in Driftin' Back (and that's just the start of the album)...

    24 Mar 10:03pm Reply
  • jgawd

    anybody else heavily fuck with psychedelic pill? possibly in my top 5 neil albums

    20 Mar 12:36am Reply
  • eric_montana

    Austin City Limits 1984 yeeeee haww

    17 Mar 2:28am Reply
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