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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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  • metalkillthekin

    Harvest!

    29 Jul 8:16am Reply
  • borra_cuervo

    When is his music finally going to be out of Spotify? I plan on listening only to Young until it does. Maybe that will change his mind?

    20 Jul 12:30pm Reply
  • zykoveddy

    i think trans is a work of genius [2]

    19 Jul 2:30pm Reply
  • Tymbolic

    Has Uncle Neil gone senile?

    15 Jul 7:38pm Reply
  • hawker27

    I like Monsanto Years. Some of the songs rank up there with his best for a while- rules of change, if i don't know and a new day for love are really solid tunes. This is much better than I first thought it would be. The record has so much soul and rocks real hard. Wolf man is his greatest acoustic song since without rings and razor love, which I also love.

    15 Jul 5:11am Reply
  • NeilTheRockGuru

    i think neil is currently surrounded by some really thickheaded hippies who are manipulating him to believe that gmo is evil. i mean come on... there are way more important issuses in the world right now. who gives a shit about gmo? its all passe and scientifically proven that its not only safe but its our only solution to the world's food crisis and already helped millions of people from starvation

    13 Jul 2:27pm Reply
  • ycbk

    Golden earring

    10 Jul 6:50pm Reply
  • TheUselessGolem

    But I really like The Monsanto Years too. I think what people are forgetting is that Neil is a mythmaker whether he wants to be or not. I hear the album as a spiritual successor to Side B of the great Hawks & Doves (which is really just as out-there as the self-evidently mystical and disorienting Side A) and the '80s country material, all of which I hold dear. It creates a world with its own perspective and rules, and Neil's a character/commentator inside it. It's like his films and stage shows. The folks who are getting all up in arms about the political stance or supposed naivete or whatever are totally missing the point, I think. I'm sure Neil believes he's being serious but he can't help being his artist self about it, and transforming it into its own thing. Rather, to be clear, that's what he does when he's *successful* with his lyrics (as opposed to the likes of Psychedelic Pill or Le Noise) but on this record, like on Storytone, I think he (mostly) is.

    9 Jul 2:49am Reply
  • TheUselessGolem

    Spend more time with Storytone, RockGuru. Those are strong songs - gratingly honest in the way Neil can be about his immaturity, but most of us spend our whole lives immature to greater or smaller degrees, he just doesn't mind admitting and showing it... but songs like Glimmer, Tumbleweed and All Those Dreams are strange loner Neil in great form. And it's all definitely very depressing and personal. Avoid the orchestrated version, go straight for the acoustic songs - they only sound bland for a little while.

    9 Jul 2:10am Reply
  • HardRokas

    I thought Psychedelic Pill was great.

    8 Jul 11:07pm Reply
  • FuckinEchoes

    v the most complete musican and guitarist of 20 century deserves a zero and minimal respect from you...epic. [3]

    6 Jul 4:17am Reply
  • NeilTheRockGuru

    I gotta admit its getting harder and harder to defend neil even for a die hard fan like myself.. I can see what his intentions are which is ultimately good but it just seems like a dinosaur trying desperately hard to stay relevant to this current generation. He is definitely out of touch which everybody can see besides him. Going out with a gold digger and getting a divorce certainly doesnt help either.. Musically i guess he dropped the ball after la noise which was his last decent album. I wish he can write something more personal again. That isolated, depressing loner part of neil that i dearly miss and am totally sucker at rather than rambling some propaganda

    6 Jul 3:08am Reply
  • KingNoCrown

    v the most complete musican and guitarist of 20 century deserves a zero and minimal respect from you...epic. [2] I love Neil but he doesn't deserve that label lol.

    5 Jul 3:11am Reply
  • 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
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