Neil Young

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Legal name: Neil Percival Young

Also performs as: Bernard Shakey (pseudonym for Neil Young)


Neil Percival Young, OC OM (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician. He began performing in a group covering Shadows instrumentals in Canada in 1960, before moving to California in 1966, where he co-founded the band Buffalo Springfield together with Stephen Stills and Richie Furay, and later joined Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1969. He released his first album in 1968 and has since forged a successful and acclaimed solo career, spanning over 45 years and 35 studio albums, with a continuous and uncompromising exploration of musical styles. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website describes Young as "one of rock and roll's greatest songwriters and performers". He was inducted into the Hall of Fame twice, first as a solo artist in 1995, and second as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1997.

Young's music is characterized by his distinctive guitar work, deeply personal lyrics and characteristic alto or high tenor singing voice. Although he accompanies himself on several different instruments, including piano and harmonica, his idiosyncratic electric and clawhammer acoustic guitar playing are the defining characteristics of a varyingly ragged and melodic sound.

While Young has experimented with differing music styles throughout a varied career, including swing and electronic music, most of his best known work is either acoustic folk-rock and country rock or electric, amplified hard rock (most often in collaboration with the band Crazy Horse). Musical styles such as alternative rock and grunge also adopted elements from Young. His influence has caused some to dub him the "Godfather of Grunge".

Young has directed (or co-directed) a number of films using the pseudonym Bernard Shakey, including Journey Through the Past (1973), Rust Never Sleeps (1979), Human Highway (1982), Greendale (2003), and CSNY/Déjà Vu (2008). He has also contributed to the soundtracks of films including Philadelphia (1993) and Dead Man (1995).

Young is an environmentalist and outspoken advocate for the welfare of small farmers, having co-founded in 1985 the benefit concert Farm Aid. He is currently working on a documentary about electric car technology, tentatively titled LincVolt. The project involves his 1959 Lincoln Continental converted to hybrid technology as an environmentalist statement. In 1986, Young helped found The Bridge School, an educational organization for children with severe verbal and physical disabilities, and its annual supporting Bridge School Benefit concerts, together with his ex-wife Pegi Young (née Morton). Young has three children: sons Zeke (born during his relationship with actress Carrie Snodgress) and Ben, who were diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and daughter Amber Jean who, like Young, has epilepsy. Young lives on his ranch in La Honda, California. Although he has lived in northern California since the 1970s and sings as frequently about U.S. themes and subjects as he does about his native country, he has retained his Canadian citizenship. On July 14, 2006, Young was awarded the Order of Manitoba, and on December 30, 2009, was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 Neil Young Neil Young 3.35 7
1970 After the Gold Rush Neil Young 4.8 13
1972 Harvest Neil Young 4.85 14
1974 On the Beach Neil Young 4 5
1975 Tonight’s the Night Neil Young 4.5 5
1977 American Stars 'n Bars Neil Young 3 5
1978 Comes a Time Neil Young 4 7
1980 Hawks & Doves Neil Young 5
1982 Trans Neil Young 5 5
1983 Everybody's Rockin' Neil Young and the Shocking Pinks 3
1985 Old Ways Neil Young 5
1986 Landing on Water Neil Young 2
1988 This Note's for You Neil Young 4 3
1989 Freedom Neil Young 3.25 4
1992 Harvest Moon Neil Young 3.5 6
1995 Mirror Ball Neil Young 4 4
2000 Silver & Gold Neil Young 4
2002 Are You Passionate? Neil Young 2.5 2
2005 Prairie Wind Neil Young 4
2006 Living With War Neil Young 4 3
2006 Living With War: In the Beginning Neil Young 3 2
2007 Chrome Dreams II Neil Young 5
2009 Fork in the Road Neil Young 3 5
2010 Le Noise Neil Young 4 5
2014 A Letter Home Neil Young 5
2014 Storytone Neil Young 6
2015 The Monsanto Years Neil Young & Promise Of The Real 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 Decade Neil Young 5 5
1993 Lucky Thirteen Neil Young 3
2001 Mystery Train Neil Young 2
2004 Greatest Hits Neil Young 5 4
2009 Archives, Volume 1: 1963–1972 Neil Young 3
2012 Time Fades Away / Where the Buffalo Roam Neil Young 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1973 Time Fades Away Neil Young 3 3
1993 Unplugged Neil Young 5
1994 Trans World Tour Neil Young 1
1995 Live in Stockholm Neil Young & Pearl Jam 1
2000 Silver & Gold [Video] Neil Young 1
2000 Road Rock, Volume 1: Friends & Relatives Neil Young 4 3
2007 Live at Massey Hall 1971 Neil Young 5 7
2008 Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House 1968 Neil Young 6
2008 Le Grand Rex First Night Neil Young 1
2009 Dreamin Man Live '92 Neil Young 2
2011 A Treasure Neil Young 2
2011 Live in Chicago 1992 Neil Young 1
2012 Cow Palace 1986 Neil Young 1
2013 Live at the Cellar Door Neil Young 2
2002-05-18: Rock am Ring, Nürburgring, Germany Neil Young 2
Acoustic Young Neil Young 1
Eurotour 2001 Comp Neil Young 1

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