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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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  • 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)

    Yesterday 9:34pm Reply
  • kick_yr_crutch

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

    Yesterday 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 (I do happen to be partial to synths and outdated visions of the SPACE AGE, but that's not all of it) Neil is a genius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
  • TheUselessGolem

    Human Highway, what a song. Best in the lonesome '73 Santa Monica Flyers show renditions, but the Comes a Time recording has its distinct charm.

    15 Mar 7:34am Reply
  • rockopa53

    Younger than ever !!!

    5 Mar 2:43pm Reply
  • my-soundtrack

    pretty awesome

    2 Mar 7:41am Reply
  • kick_yr_crutch

    Damn right @Flash_Flem, I haven't even listened to every album of his, although probably discovered his best

    26 Feb 6:00pm Reply
  • sandrabjorg

    Love this Music

    24 Feb 11:36pm Reply
  • flash_flem

    @kick_yr_crutch, looking at your list makes me think I missed out some classics. Problem is Neil has too many great songs :)

    22 Feb 12:54pm Reply
  • kick_yr_crutch

    And throw Come On Baby Let's Go Down Town, from Tonight's The Night, in there somewhere :)

    21 Feb 1:15pm Reply
  • kick_yr_crutch

    @ flash_flem, Something like... Old Laughing Lady, Everybody Know's this is Nowhere, Mansion On The Hill, Southern Man, Pocahontas, Don't Cry No Tears, Helpless, Alabama, Hey Hey My My (Out Of The Blue), Old Man, Powderfinger, Cinnamon Girl, Cortez the Killer, Don't Let it Bring You Down, White Line, Like a Hurricane (Encore) Rocking in The Free World into Cowgirl in the Sand in a 2 hour inprov jam/distortion fest. There's loads I've missed out!

    21 Feb 1:10pm Reply
  • EduSkynyrd

    I Love You Man

    15 Feb 12:06am Reply
  • minuszeroLastFM

    Vote up: http://www.last.fm/music/Neil+Young/+images/103431285

    13 Feb 4:46am Reply
  • flash_flem

    What would be everyone's dream set list? Mine would be something like this: My My Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue), Thrasher, Harvest Moon, Only Love Can Break Your Heart, Heart Of Gold, After The Gold Rush, See The Sky About To Rain, Driveby, Through My Sails, Old Man, Albuquerque, On The Beach, Rockin In The Free World, Revolution Blues, Powderfinger, Change Your Mind, Blue Eden, Like A Hurricane, Don't Cry, On Broadway, Scenery, No More, No Hidden Path, Hey Hey My My (Into The Black), Encore - Cortez The Killer, Natural Beauty,

    6 Feb 2:28pm Reply
  • sheepmachine

    i think trans is a work of genius

    4 Feb 11:08pm Reply
  • Dmitry_Prilipko

    Этот парень однозначно лучше Дилана.

    3 Feb 12:48pm Reply
  • Cox_of_Seagulls

    Trans is underrated as fuck.

    18 Jan 1:07pm Reply
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