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Special deluxe a memoir of life & cars
2014
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Genre
NonFiction
Arts
Topics
Rock musicians
Rock singers
Entertainers
Childhood memories
Families
Automobiles
Dogs
Personal narratives
Setting
- Canada
Los Angeles, California - West (U.S.)
Time Period
-- 20th-21st century
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  Library Journal Review

Starred Review. Venerable rocker Young's follow-up to his best-selling debut memoir, Waging Heavy Peace, is another fun and folksy outing that features a welcome thematic unity missing from his first book. Each chapter begins with an anecdote relating to a specific beloved automobile from Young's past before veering into wide-ranging directions such as growing up in rural Canada, touring with his first band, and settling down in Topanga Canyon, CA, to start a solo career after a wild time in Los Angeles with Buffalo Springfield. There is heart, humor, and plenty of personal and professional insight in these well-told stories that all somehow link to automobiles. Young, who narrates the book himself with an appropriately casual, conversational tone, concludes with a detailed explanation of how and why he is designing an environmentally friendly automobile that is just as attractive and powerful as the vintage, gas-guzzling cars he loves so much. VERDICT Young's fans will find much to relish in the second of what is, one hopes, a long series of intimate memoirs from one of popular music's most interesting and unpredictable icons. ["Highly recommended to anyone interested in the musician's passions, inspirations, and private side, even for readers who don't share Young's fascination with cars," read the starred review of the Blue Rider hc, LJ 10/1/14.]-Douglas King, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

In this flat-as-pavement second installment of his memoirs-following on last year's best-selling Waging Heavy Peace-Young invites us to ride along in the many cars he's owned over the past fifty years, telling us how those cars drove him through various phases of his musical life and his relationships with family and friends. "I have collected many cars and have had lots of experiences with every one of them.I just loved the way they looked and got a lot of joy from just observing them from every angle they talked to me. And I talked to them." Young recalls the 1985 Ford Econoline van that provided enough space for his son, Ben, to look out the window as the Youngs traveled, but it also brings back the memories of his good friend Larry Johnson's death. Young now owns a number of cars in various states of repair: "The unfinished cars mean something. They represent broken dreams, lost loves, and abandoned ideas. This is the sad part." Looking back, though, Young regrets the heavy carbon footprint his cars have made; in 1976, he drives his 1975 Dodge Power Wagon about 380 miles and deposits about "411 pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere." Young devotes the final chapter of this uneven memoir to a long discussion of the value of biofuels and his attempts to turn a classic car into an environmentally friendly one. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
From Neil Young, the iconic musician and New York Times -bestselling author of Waging Heavy Peace, a second installment of his memoirs.
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