The Judgement Not To Pre-Judge "Waging Heavy Peace"
In yet another case of deja vu all over again, it seems that there's a rush to judgement on "Waging Heavy Peace", Neil Yong's upcoming autobiography.
Just weeks ago -- before anyone had even heard a single note -- folks were taking shots at "Americana" for all sorts of reasons which led us to The Judgement Not To Pre-Judge "Americana".
Admittedly, we're finding this debate about a 3-5 page excerpt to be well... perplexing, but not so surprising.
As BIGCHIEF commented: "I think it's a little premature to judge a 416 page book by a 2 1/2 page snippet ... I mean, that's not unlike dropping a needle on a LP for three seconds and saying "this thing sucks"".
So here's a comment of the moment from Waging Heavy Peace: Excerpt, Patti Smith Will Interview Neil Young:
I haven't read the excerpt, and may not. I'll probably wait for the book.
As for "no one's comments", he's certainly entitled to them, and is very eloquent in stating them. If the book is terribly written, I'm not surprised; Neil is a songwriter and musician, and from what I've gleaned from following him for 40-odd years, has never passed himself off as a writer of prose.
Also, sometimes in interviews he can come off sounding a little...simplistic. I by no means mean he is simple, some people just speak simply. If my observation is true, who cares? I don't buy his records in the hope of reading, or watching, or listening to, an interview. It's all about the music.
The problem with artists of Neil's stature is, sometimes we have exceedingly high opinions and expectations of their every move, defending them at every turn. I guess I'm what you'd call a Neil "fanatic", yet I am unafraid to admit that he's made some shitty records; hell, in all these years the law of averages practically dictates that he would, as has Dylan, and many others. Who cares?
I think the book will be fascinating, whether it's badly written or not. But, goddamn people, quit being so snarky (whether you think "no one" is an asshole or not) in defending the as-yet unread book by a rock star. There are many bigger fish to fry if you want to get riled up (current events, anyone?). Fuck me (and, given the comments by some of you, I'm sure you'll toss that back to me, with a different meaning).
Peace out, indeed.
As for us? We can't wait to hear what Patti Smith has to say on all of this when she discusses at the Book Expo event next month.
More on the what seems to be the appropriately titled book "Waging Heavy Peace".