Blogcritics Book Review: Neil Young FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Iconic and Mercurial Rocker
Everything Left to Know About the Iconic and Mercurial Rocker
by Glen Boyd
(To win a free copy, see contest details below)
Here's an excerpt of a book review of Neil Young FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Iconic and Mercurial Rocker by Glen Boyd on Blogcritics Books by Gordon Hauptfleisch:
This balancing act between the arcane and the more eminent entries is by design. Sensibly, Boyd's intention in creating a reference that "takes the reader through [Young's] recorded work album by album," is to offer up the "sort of facts known by few of the most devoted fans and serves as an introduction for the initiated Neil-phyte." The latter may appreciate NYFAQ as a kind of Neil Young 101 survey course, piecing together from the embarrassment of riches a portrait of Young as a man and artist. But Boyd, a Seattle writer and music journalist who is currently music editor at Blogcritics Magazine, did not set out to write a definitive biography, and this is certainly not a hagiographic work: more referential than reverential, Boyd's evaluations cast a critical and incisive eye to the events and episodes the casual fan may be hazy on, whether it's Farm Aid, the "Ditch Trilogy," Shakey's shaky and wavering political perspectives, or the "Southern Man" kerfuffle and the damage done.
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Don't Be Denied!!!
You can meet author Glen Boyd in person at a book signing being held in on Friday, June 1, 2012 in Seattle, WA. Details at Neil Young FAQ - Book Signing to Benefit Bridge School.
The Bridge School
The Bridge School is an alternative learning institution for children with severe learning and communication disabilities. Being the parent of two children with such disabilities, Neil Young is a longtime supporter, and headlines an all-star benefit concert each year for the Bridge School, while Neil's wife Pegi sits on the board of directors.
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