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Iconoclast, innovator, and an influence on generations of musicians, Neil Young has recorded more than 40 albums in an over 35-year career. Nigel Williamson explores Young’s repertoire, from the early days with Buffalo Springfield to the troubadour of After the Gold Rush to Harvest Moon. Who were the Rockets? What was the target of “This Note’s For You?” Why did he sing a song about Johnny Rotten? Who exactly was “The Needle and the Damage Done” dedicated to? With detailed accounts of the creation of his classic songs, this is an essential companion for Young’s devoted fans. Reissue.
Nigel Williamson bought his first Neil Young album in 1969 at the age of 15. A former editor of the political weekly Tribune, he then worked as a political correspondent and columnist on The Times, before becoming that paper’s news editor. Now freelance, he continues to write for The Times about music and culture, is a contributing editor to Uncut magazine and has a weekly column in Billboard. He is also one of the judges of the Technics Mercury Music Prize.