Neil Young's new release ""World Record" w/ Crazy Horse is now available for pre-order. Order here
(Please shop locally & independently. But if you can't, we appreciate your supporting Thrasher's Wheat by clicking this link or YOUR COUNTRY's FLAG. Thank you!!!)
<-Older Posts Blog Home Newer Posts->

Friday, November 09, 2012

Neil Young's Hippie Dreams: "Status-quo-disturbing visions" | The Kingston Whig-Standard

Neil Young
Illustration by Paul Lachine
(Click photo to enlarge)

For those who have read Neil Young's new memoir Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream, you know that it is "filled with reminiscences, ideas, idle thoughts and big, status-quo-disturbing visions."

From the review Neil Young's hippie dreams | Entertainment | The Kingston Whig-Standard by Stephen Skyvington:
Instead of giving us the standard tale of excess (sex, drugs and ... you know the rest), or having his story told by a ghostwriter (like Keith Richards), Young opts for telling his own tale, by himself, in his own special way.

Like a man who often looks onstage like he doesn't quite know how to play guitar but somehow pulls it off, the author of Waging Heavy Peace seems at times oddly ill-equipped to write a book. But what a book it is. Filled with reminiscences, ideas, idle thoughts and big, status-quo-disturbing visions, you'll swear you're watching a movie instead of reading a book - which is hardly surprising, given Young's affinity and genuine enthusiasm for film.

The book ends with two unforgettable, uplifting chapters. In one, the author describes how he came to write and record one of his most endearing and enduring songs, Will to Love. Suffice to say that if you ever wanted to know how an artist creates a work of art, then you need to read this.

The other chapter - the 68th and last in the book - is as moving a piece of writing as you'll ever encounter. The last paragraph, in particular, is almost Joycean in its reach, and ranks with any song Neil Young has ever written. Rip Van Winkle meets Back to the Future.

Check it out.
Thanks Stephen!

More on Heavy Review of "Waging Heavy Peace" Book by Neil Young.

Labels: , ,


At 11/09/2012 05:57:00 PM, Blogger Roger said...

Nice. Indeed the book ends in a transcendent note, moving beyond the remembrances and into the realm of the muse and the spiritual.


At 11/09/2012 09:54:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

The book should of been called Will to Love.My favorite song from the very first album I bought from NY.Back in '99 at a meet and greet in Houston I asked him why he never played that song.Never answered just smiled.
WHP gave me such a wonderful feeling after reading it.Just like I had after listening to RNS for the first time.Like all if his greatest albums WHP is something you can enjoy over and over.

At 11/10/2012 10:02:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Curious. Did any of you buy the signed copy and, did you open it?

At 11/10/2012 11:55:00 AM, Anonymous said...

Wish i had a signed copy! but i won my copy i could not believe it!!! I almost cried as it has great meaning to me. I emediatly picked it up and started to read for ehich its very hard to put down!!!!!

At 11/10/2012 05:05:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My review:

A book by Neil Young about being Neil Young.

(and I am enjoying it immensly !)

At 11/12/2012 12:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My two cents after reading WHP is that Neil doesn't seem to have learned much at all about genuine human spirituality in his 60+ years of living...

I know I will be attacked for saying this but oh well...

He admits to being a "material guy"...

Yes he talks about the Great Spirit and his attachment to it...that is not the same thing...

Many artistic genuises are quite clueless regarding life matters not related to their gifts...

As I closed the book, I was quite sad for Neil that he is content to be a shallow pagan...

It's so interesting that for all his reverence for nature and its healing powers and beauty, etc. - he never ONCE offers even a fainting curiosity as to how this Earth got here...

Yet Prairie Wind gives me hope that deep down, Neil KNOWS there is a God - perhaps he'll come around to admitting it someday...

At 11/12/2012 06:11:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Why does he have to believe in "God"? I respect him more for not believing.

At 11/12/2012 09:05:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi dean but I never said he didn't believe in God
and go listen to Prairie Wind then get back to me

At 11/12/2012 11:02:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

No, but you said, " I was quite sad for Neil that he is content to be a shallow pagan..." I found it more interesting that he considers himself Pagan and the views he has. Having "faith" offers no answers.

At 11/15/2012 12:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol offers all of the answers...that's what the very definition of faith's knowing you don't have any answers to anything but trusting/believing anyway...

Another item that I took away from WHP comes from the story about Neil finally getting a green card for $5,000...

Neil writes with passion that "capitalism rocks!" and how capitalism saved him, etc.

Yet like most clueless liberals, he blindly endorsed the most rabidly anti-capitalist individual America has ever seen run for - let alone become President - Baraka Soetoro Obama.


At 11/15/2012 01:24:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

If you accept there are no answers, a god is redundant.


Post a Comment

<< Home

<-Older Posts Blog Home Newer Posts->

Willie for a Nobel!

Willie Nelson for Nobel Peace Prize
for Farm Aid and his work on
alternative fuels, and world peace initiatives.

Farm Aid

Go Farmers Markets!

"In the >field< of opportunity
It's plowin' time again."

Silverline Communications

(Home of the FarmAidians)
Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada
(519) 737-7979

This blog supports free speech!

Demand justice for Aaron:
Support "Aaron's Law" and inquiry into his prosecution

(... he didn't kill himself either...) #AaronDidntKillHimself

Induct Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Please Help Support Independent Media &
Non-Corporate Advertising
This Blog's For You!

The Hypocrisy of the Mainstream Media

It's Been Called The
"Missing Link" in the Ditch Trilogy


Sign the Release "Time Fades Away" Petition
Join The 10,000+ Who Have Already Signed


Neil Young Appreciation Society

Sugar Mountain

Neil Young Setlists
Rust Radio


Bands Covering Neil Young songs


Official Neil Young News Site

The Bridge School

The Bridge School Concerts
25th Anniversary Edition

**100% of Proceeds to Benefit Bridge School***

The Essential Neil Young

Fans Favorite Neil Albums

Top 50 MP3
Neil Young Song Downloads

Top 10 Best Selling Neil Albums Today
Support Thrasher's Wheat
via Purchases from:
United States - us.gif
Canada - canada.gif
United Kingdom - gb.gif
Germany - de.gif

Neil Young Songbook Project

In the fields of wheat

"Children of Destiny" will NOT be harvested
However, the chaff will be burned by unquenchable fire

Neil Young + Promise of the Real

Europe 2016 Tour Dates

2015 Rebel Content Tour

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Alchemy Concert Tour Reviews

Fall 2012 N. America Tour
Spring 2013 Australia/New Zealand Tour
Summer 2013 Europe Tour

Europe Summer 2014 Concert Tour
Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Thrasher's Wheat Radio Supporters Go To Europe

Neil Young Films

2010 MusiCares Honors Neil Young

Features Elvis Costello, Crosby Stills & Nash, Sheryl Crow, Josh Groban, Ben Harper, Elton John, Norah Jones, Lady Antebellum, Dave Matthews, James Taylor, Keith Urban, and others.
Proceeds from sales go to MusiCares,
which helps musicians in need of
financial and medical assistance.


"There's more to the picture
Than meets the eye"



Neil Young FAQ:
Everything Left to Know About the Iconic and Mercurial Rocker
"an indispensable reference"

Paul McCartney and Neil Young


"You can make a difference
If you really a try"

John Lennon and Neil Young

"hailed by fans as a wonderful read"

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young:
The Supergroup of the 20th Century

Director Jonathan Demme's Exquisite film "Heart of Gold"

eddie & neil
Eddie Vedder and Neil Young

Revisiting The Significance of
The Buffalo Springfield

"The revolution will not be televised"
... it will be blogged, streamed,
tweeted, shared and liked
The Embarrassment of Mainstream Media

Turn Off Your TV & Have A Life

"Everything Is Bullshit" +
"Turn Off The News"
Turn Off the News (Build a Garden)

Neil Young 2016 Year in Review:
The Year of The Wheat

Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain and Neil Young

Neil Young's Feedback:
An Acquired Taste?

Young Neil: The Sugar Mountain Years
by Rustie Sharry "Keepin' Jive Alive in T.O." Wilson

"the definitive source of Neil Young's formative childhood years in Canada"

neil & joni
Joni Mitchell & Neil Young

europe 1987.jpg

Bob and Neil

So Who Really Was "The Godfather of Grunge"?

Four Dead in Ohio
kent state
So What Really Happened at Kent State?

The Four Dead in Ohio

May The FOUR Be With You #MayThe4thBeWithYou


dissent is not treason
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism

Rockin' In The Free World

Sing Truth to Power!
When Neil Young Speaks Truth To Power,
The World Listens

Emmylou Harris and Neil Young

Wilco and Neil Young


Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young


Elton John and Neil Young

Lynyrd Skynyrd and Neil Young


The Meaning of "Sweet Home Alabama" Lyrics

Neil Young Nation -
"The definitive Neil Young fan book"

What does the song mean?

Random Neil Young Link of the Moment

Bonnie Raitt and Neil Young

I'm Proud to Be A Union Man


When Neil Young is Playing,
You Shut the Fuck Up

Class War:
They Started It and We'll Finish It...

A battle raged on the open page...
No Fear, No Surrender. Courage

"What if Al Qaeda blew up the levees?"
Full Disclousre Now

"I've Got The Revolution Blues"

Willie Nelson & Neil Young
Willie Nelson for Nobel Peace Prize

John Mellencamp:
Why Willie Deserves a Nobel



Love and Only Love

"Thinking about what a friend had said,
I was hoping it was a lie"

We're All On
A Journey Through the Past

Neil Young's Moon Songs
Tell Us The F'n TRUTH
(we can handle it... try us)

Does Anything Else Really Matter?

"Nobody's free until everybody's free."
~~ Fannie Lou Hamer

Here Comes "The Big Shift"

Maybe everything you think you know is wrong? NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS
"It's all illusion anyway."

Propaganda = Mind Control
Guess what?
"Symbols Rule the World, not Words or Laws."
... and symbolism will be their downfall...

Brighter Planet's 350 Challenge
Be The Rain, Be The Change

the truth will set you free
This Machine Kills Fascists

"Children of Destiny" - THE Part of THE Solution

(Frame from Official Music Video)

war is not the answer
yet we are
Still Living With War

"greed is NOT good"
Hey Big Brother!
Stop Spying On Us!
Civic Duty Is Not Terrorism

The Achilles Heel
Orwell (and Grandpa) Was Right
“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery.”
~~ Bob Marley

The Essence of "The Doubters"

Yes, There's Definitely A Hole in The Sky

Even Though The Music Died 50+ Years Ago
Open Up the "Tired Eyes" & Wake up!
"consciousness is near"
What's So Funny About
Peace, Love, & Understanding & Music?


Show Me A Sign

"Who is John Galt?"
To ask the question is to know the answer

"Whosoever shall give up his liberty for a temporary security
deserves neither liberty nor safety."

~~ Benjamin Franklin


(Between the lines of age)

And in the end, the love you take
Is equal to the love you make

~~ John & Paul

the zen of neil
the power of rust
the karma of the wheat