Publisher: Backbeat Books
Artist: Neil Young
Author: Harvey Kubernik
From his debut with local bands in his native Canada to his 2014 album A Letter Home, Neil Young's career spans over 50 years of rock-music history. Through his time with the seminal West Coast band Buffalo Springfield, collaborations with Crosby, Stills & Nash, his solo years starting in the late 1960s, and subsequent tours and albums as a singer-songwriter, Young's work has uniquely reflected the shifting musical styles of five decades, including rock, punk, electro-pop, and the retro vision of Americana.
Every aspect of Young's remarkable life is explored through exclusive interviews with fellow musicians, record producers, music journalists, film directors, and loyal fans. Among those featured are musicians Graham Nash, Nils Lofgren, and Richie Furay; filmmaker Jim Jarmusch; photographer Henry Diltz; and many more. Featuring a retrospective commentary on Neil Young's studio and live albums, a complete discography, and photographs and memorabilia from throughout his career, the book places Young's musical achievements within the context of his life – an essential and timely celebration.
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“[A] very well written and well designed book that also includes a very thorough discography cataloguing everything from a 1963 single with the Squires to 2015's The Monsanto Years. There's also a couple of hundred photographs, some of which are previously unpublished and all carefully chosen and the book is interspersed with a year by year timeline that acts as a quick reference point for major events along the way. Neil Young fans are unlikely to be disappointed.” – LouderThanWar.com
“Heart of Gold is a wonderful, gorgeous-to-look-at, and surprisingly detailed and accurate illustrated biography by longtime music scribe Kubernik. For while it includes both his music-journo observations and quotes for Young culled from previously-sourced material, this book's secret weapon is the oral history format featuring comments and reminisces from the dozens of bandmates, writers, producers, record execs, and friends who have worked with Young in his 50-plus-year career.” – Houston Press
“Neil Young's career has traced an arc over five decades. The ups and downs of his career could fill a book, and luckily we have the supremely talented Harvey Kubernik to provide us with it. The author is a cultural historian with not only a tremendous gift as a writer but also the insight and understanding to unravel not only who an artist is but why... Once again, Kubernik has taken the reins of a wild horse and tamed him. He gives a face and focus to an artist nobody has really understood – until now.” – CurledUp.com
“If you're a Neil Young fan, you'll have a field day with this one. Kubernik writes smartly on Young's studio and live albums and provides a complete discography of the artist's recorded works. Kubernik is an engaging music writer, and there are loads of color photos and images of Young memorabilia.” – jazzwax.com
“Marking Young's 70th birthday last November, this biography, a follow-up to Kubernik's book on Leonard Cohen, offers a combination of oral history and coffee table tome, lavished with vintage photographs and including timelines over the course of the veteran singer-songwriter's half-century career, starting with the Buffalo Springfieldthough summer 2015. Gathering a who's-who of producers, engineers, fellow band members, critics and just plain fans, the L.A.-based writer/historian does a nice job of keeping things focused on the process and the music rather than salacious gossip or scandal. If you're looking for sex and drugs, you've come to the wrong place, but if you're looking for rock'n'roll, this volume explores the genesis of Young's incredible versatility as a musician and creator. You won't get much insight into his stormy love life outside of a brief entry that he split with his wife of nearly 36 years, Pegi Young, or anything at all on his current squeeze, actress Daryl Hannah, but that would be another book. There's also a comprehensive list of everyone who contributed comments and an annotated discography that makes this a must-have for any diehard Young fan.” – bestclassicbands.com
“Harvey Kubernik, through his interviews and writing, has done Young justice in Neil Young: Heart of Gold....If you are a Neil Young fan or follower, or just love a good music history lesson, you will find a lot to like in this bound celebration.” – Maverick
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