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Oct. 26th, 2012

Waging Heavy PeaceWaging Heavy Peace by Neil Young

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This memoir is written like a journal and it does provide some insight into the man, e.g., his love of classic cars, trains, his passion for music and sound. That style has disadvantages, though - he rambles, he repeats himself often, he takes some time finding his voice. Some of the stories he shares are enlightening and poignant, but personally I wanted to hear more about his songwriting and his inspiration. A frustrating aspect is the lack of chronology; he simply tells stories as he recalls them, not in order (this could have been remedied with better editing). He is a very lucky man and he recognizes that (the book is full of gratitude; in fact, he doesn't have an unkind word about anyone he's ever met, even those he's fought with publicly), but often too, he seems unable to recognize how privileged he is. Making his way in the 60's has given him the luxury of not having to abandon some of that hippie mentality, even as he is a wealthy man.

A bit of a disappointment, but worthwhile.



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