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Neil Young

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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 A 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. From this, Young experienced a growing admiration for originators such as Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and, of course, Elvis Presley.

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  • Sobonja

    Erm, sorry to inform you, but that's not Neil Young covering Fancy. :(

    11 Jul 12:19pm Reply
  • Gif__

    Listen to his cover of Fancy song on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, SO good!

    9 Jul 11:41pm Reply
  • Cylob

    Le Noise baby.

    5 Jul 8:11pm Reply
  • impronen

    DEAD MAN OST, peoples. Thats where the gold is.

    4 Jul 5:03pm Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    David Crosby's new album is phenomenal; Everyone needs to give it a listen. It's serious music.

    9 Jun 5:06pm Reply
  • TheUselessGolem

    AniRockAniMetal: prawda!

    31 May 1:14am Reply
  • Kdo_Kenoute

    Digging the new record. [2]

    29 May 8:11pm Reply
  • AniRockAniMetal

    Kwintesencja prostego rockowania na wielkim poziomie. Kilka chwytów, proste, bezpośrednie teksty, bardzo skromne możliwości wykonawcze, a klasa niesamowita.

    29 May 11:06am Reply
  • riverofstars

    He came dancin' across the water...

    29 May 5:04am Reply
  • tjd9

    Digging the new record.

    27 May 1:09pm Reply
  • TheUselessGolem

    Who knows - but maybe Homegrown this summer!

    24 May 1:15pm Reply
  • hawker27

    Sorry Neil. A letter home is a courageous and interesting record to release but it was best left in the vaults. Where is Toast?

    23 May 6:46am Reply
  • xphelipex

    Review de A Letter Home, novo disco da lenda Neil Young http://www.jooqebox.com/review-neil-young-a-letter-home/

    21 May 9:36pm Reply
  • boka82

    don't be denied

    15 May 12:30pm Reply
  • GenilsonSoares

    Heart of gold :D

    11 May 2:34am Reply
  • Tymbolic

    you can't be twenty on Sugar Mountain

    29 Apr 12:55pm Reply
  • bynnda

    I'm currently listening to Harvest Moon for the first time in about 20 years. It's still a classic.

    27 Apr 12:01pm Reply
  • mecchaumai

    Absolutely gutted that the Dead Man soundtrack is not on spotify.

    27 Apr 11:44am Reply
  • kick_yr_crutch

    probably the best guy

    29 Mar 4:50pm Reply
  • TheUselessGolem

    Oops, I forgot to mention Everybody's Rockin' in my big '80s shout below, but I love that album too. Geffen didn't let Neil & Co. record the two best songs (Get Gone, Don't Take Your Love Away from Me), which would've pushed the album up quite a ways. But even incomplete as it is, the thing's a delight if you listen in. It doesn't matter how hammy Neil gets, an original Young composition is an original Young composition, and his voice was still in amazing, fully expressive shape at that point.

    29 Mar 2:02pm Reply
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