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Neil Young

 
Date Of Birth:
November 12, 1945 (77)
Birth Place:
Toronto, ON, CANADA
Bio:
The globally respected, prolific and mercurial Neil Young has forged a 50 year long storied career that has been revered by legions of fans, peers and critics around the world and earned him recognition as one of the greatest artists of all time. After embarking on a music career in the 1960s ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: November 12, 1945 (77)

Birth Place: Toronto, ON, CANADA

Bio:
The globally respected, prolific and mercurial Neil Young has forged a 50 year long storied career that has been revered by legions of fans, peers and critics around the world and earned him recognition as one of the greatest artists of all time. After embarking on a music career in the 1960s ... (read complete bio)
 

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Neil Young Biography

The globally respected, prolific and mercurial Neil Young has forged a 50 year long storied career that has been revered by legions of fans, peers and critics around the world and earned him recognition as one of the greatest artists of all time.

After embarking on a music career in the 1960s Toronto folk scene, the Canadian native moved to Los Angeles where in 1966, he formed with Stephen Stills and others the groundbreaking super group Buffalo Springfield, who along with the Byrds, became the forerunners of the Americana folk-rock and country roots rock music movements of the Seventies and beyond. (photo above: Young's H.O.A.R.D. Tour model train)

While joining Stills in the iconic band Crosby, Stills and Nash in 1969, Young began his prolific solo career as a touring singer/songwriter with his self-titled debut album Neil Young. In the next three decades, Young produced over 35 albums that demonstrated his uncompromising and shape shifting musicology -from the jam rock inflected Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, his first album with his fabled long standing backup band Crazy Horse, featuring "Cinnamon Girl" to the folk acoustic flavored Harvest that produced the #1 hit "Heart of Gold" to the electric/punk rock insurgentRust Never Sleeps to the bluesy This Note's For You that was banned by MTV and whose title track ironically won him an MTV Best Video Award to his Freedom protest anthem "Rockin' in the Free World." Despite their unshackled musical genres and experimentation, Young's consciousness raising songs have always been marked by his distinct voice, raw and emotional guitar playing and his transcendent, poetic songwriting. (photo right: Young's 1948 Buick Roadmaster Hearse) Young's standing as a cult hero has influenced and ignited other works: from touring with grunge rock icons Pearl Jam to three documentaries on Young's concert tours produced by the late famed director Jonathan Demme to collaborations on the film soundtracks of Dead Man directed by Jim Jarmusch and Demme's Philadelphia which garnered Young an Academy award nomination.

Political, environmental and humanitarian awareness, advocacy and activism have been consistent threads in Young's life's mission and music. In 1985, Young co-founded, the still active Farm Aid with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp. Neil Young and Pegi Young organized the Bridge School Benefit Concerts which for three decades had become an annual, all acoustic, non-profit charity event. The Bridge School ensures that children with severe speech and physical impairments achieve full participation in their communities through the use of assistive technology and the development, implementation and dissemination of innovative educational strategies. The weekend concerts have drawn an international array of musical artists from Bruce Springsteen to Elton John to Guns N' Roses and have raised significant resources for the school. A portion of proceeds from this auction will benefit The Bridge School.

In addition, Young is the author of several books including the best selling 2012 autobiography "Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream."




Neil Young News

City Winery Boston Celebrating 5th Anniversary With Diverse Attractions In Coming Mon Photo City Winery Boston Celebrating 5th Anniversary With Diverse Attractions In Coming Months
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 28, 2022

City Winery Boston, celebrating its 5th anniversary, announced a series of new shows over the next several months that showcase the diverse entertainment offerings at one of the city's premiere venues.

Alberta Cross Return With New Single 'Mercy' Photo Alberta Cross Return With New Single 'Mercy'
by Michael Major - Nov 23, 2022

Led by Swedish-born lead singer and guitarist Petter Ericson Stakee, Alberta Cross continue to create a timeless alternative sound that is all their own. Written mostly at the legendary The Wool Hall in Frome Somerset with Petter’s long term producer and collaborator, Luke Potashnick, the track has a distinctive pulse.

Kate Baldwin & Georgia Stitt to Co-Host MISS: BROADWAY'S WOMEN SONGWRITERS at 92NY Photo Kate Baldwin & Georgia Stitt to Co-Host MISS: BROADWAY'S WOMEN SONGWRITERS at 92NY
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 16, 2022

Lyrics and Lyricists will present MISS: Broadway’s Women Songwriters on December 10, 11 and 12, celebrating Broadway’s long history of women songwriters and their indelible work, in a show conceived, co-written and co-hosted by two-time Tony nominee Kate Baldwin and award-winning composer-lyricist Georgia Stitt.

Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros Confirm Three Shows With Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Photo Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros Confirm Three Shows With Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
by Michael Major - Nov 14, 2022

Following a successful fall tour and much lauded four-night sold out run with the¬†National Symphony Orchestra¬†at the¬†Kennedy Center¬†earlier this fall,¬†Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros‚ÄĒconsisting of¬†Bobby Weir, Don Was, Jay Lane¬†and¬†Jeff Chimenti‚ÄĒ will play three nights alongside the¬†Atlanta Symphony Orchestra¬†at the¬†Atlanta Symphony Hall.

Jill Sobule's F*CK7THGRADE Extends at Wild Project Photo Jill Sobule's F*CK7THGRADE Extends at Wild Project
by Stephi Wild - Nov 14, 2022

wild project's F*ck7thGrade, with music, lyrics, and concept by Jill Sobule, book by Liza Birkenmeier and directed by Lisa Peterson with music direction by Julie Wolf, has extended through November 19. F*ck7thGrade began performances on Wednesday, October 12.

Willie Nelson Will Perform on Maui Next Month Photo Willie Nelson Will Perform on Maui Next Month
by Stephi Wild - Nov 9, 2022

 The holidays on Maui will be highlighted this year with a special Willie Nelson & Family concert Friday, December 23 outside under the stars in the MACC’s A&B Amphitheater and Yokouchi Pavilion.

Jeff Rosenstock & Laura Stevenson Surprise-Release Neil Young Covers EP Photo Jeff Rosenstock & Laura Stevenson Surprise-Release Neil Young Covers EP
by Michael Major - Nov 3, 2022

In anticipation of their joint tour, the duorelease their second Neil Young covers EP. Younger Still, out now via Polyvinyl Recording Co., ¬†features Rosenstock & Stevenson putting their spin on classics ‚ÄúComes a Time,‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúEverybody Knows This is Nowhere,‚ÄĚ alongside deeper cuts like ‚ÄúRazor Love‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúHey Babe.‚ÄĚ

NEIL YOUNG: HARVEST TIME is Coming to Cinemas Worldwide Photo NEIL YOUNG: HARVEST TIME is Coming to Cinemas Worldwide
by Michael Major - Nov 3, 2022

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Young’s bestselling album Harvest, the feature is a never been seen before fan piece including footage from Northern California, London, and Nashville, during its creation. The exclusive cinema event begins with a personal introduction from Young about the film and signature album.

Amanda Ryan Joins The Company Of The World Première Of Terry Johnson's THE SEX PARTY Photo Amanda Ryan Joins The Company Of The World Première Of Terry Johnson's THE SEX PARTY
by Stephi Wild - Nov 3, 2022

The Menier Chocolate Factory has announced that Amanda Ryan joins the company as Magdalena for the world premi√®re of Terry Johnson's The Sex Party ‚Äď joining the previously announced Will Barton (Tim), Lisa Dwan (Gilly), John Hopkins (Jake), Timothy Hutton (Jeff), Jason Merrells (Alex), Pooya Mohseni (Lucy), Molly Osborne (Hetty) and Kelly Price (Camilla). Amanda Donohoe has had to withdraw for personal reasons.

Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros: Live in Colorado Vol 2 Debuts #1 on Americana/Folks Album Sal Photo Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros: Live in Colorado Vol 2 Debuts #1 on Americana/Folks Album Sales Chart
by Michael Major - Oct 18, 2022

Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros: Live in Colorado Vol. 2‚ÄĒthe latest vinyl collection of recorded material on Third Man Records from¬†Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros‚ÄĒhas made its debut at¬†#1¬†on the¬†Americana/Folk album sales chart. Remaining fall tour stops include Los Angeles, Seattle, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Denver and more. Check out upcoming tour dates!

Neil Young Videos

VIDEO: Willie Nelson Speaks Out On 35th Anniversary Of Farm Aid Videoplay
VIDEO: Willie Nelson Speaks Out On 35th Anniversary Of Farm Aid

by Stage Tube - Sep 23, 2020

It was 35 years ago Tuesday that Farm Aid first boosted the morale of the countrya??s struggling farmers. Now Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt and John Mellencamp are just a few of the performers who will be at this yeara??s concert. Willie Nelson, one of the eventa??s organizers, tells Harry Smith: a?oeI called a few friends of mine.a??

Sam Fender Shares Video For New Single 'Saturday' Videoplay
Sam Fender Shares Video For New Single 'Saturday'

by Kaitlin Milligan - Dec 2, 2019

Sam Fender is pleased to share the video for his new single, 'Saturday.' Directed by James Slater in London, the video features a starring role by Matt King (Super Hans in Peep Show). 'Saturday' sits at the heart of his debut album Hypersonic Missiles, an ode to the misery of an excruciatingly slow working week, a bank account that remains resolutely empty, a landlord not returning calls on a problematic flat, and the minor solace of the weekend forever just out of reach. It's a typically sobering, wholly relatable lyrical lament that Sam has quickly become renowned for telling. Sam describes 'Saturday' as 'An anthem for the everyman about living for the weekend and sticking two fingers up to zero hours contracts'

Steve 'n' Seagulls Banjo Player Releases New Music Videoplay
Steve 'n' Seagulls Banjo Player Releases New Music

by Kaitlin Milligan - Nov 27, 2019

Matias Haavisto is a singer-songwriter also known as Herman, the banjo player in Steve'n'Seagulls - the band that went viral after releasing their bluegrassy version of AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck' on YouTube. Matias and the Canyons is a four-piece band that was born in spring 2019 when Matias (vocals, banjo, guitar), Jarkko (Guitar), Luis (Bass) and Janne (Drums) entered a rehearsal room and started playing Haavisto's new songs. It was the first time they ever played together, but the band had the sound Matias was looking for right from the beginning.

Rufus Wainwright to Release Limited Edition EP on Record Store Day Videoplay
Rufus Wainwright to Release Limited Edition EP on Record Store Day

by Kaitlin Milligan - Nov 27, 2019

Rufus Wainwright is set to release an A/B side 7' EP, Come A Little Bit Closer, on November 29, Record Store Day Black Friday. The limited edition EP arrives ahead of Wainwright's forthcoming 2020 album via BMG, and consists of two live performances of Neil Young's 'Harvest Moon' and Arcade Fire's 'Crown of Love.' Come A Little Bit Closer will be available exclusively at participating RSD Black Friday record stores, found here.

Consequence Of Sound Premieres Smoke Fairies New Video 'Disconnect' Videoplay
Consequence Of Sound Premieres Smoke Fairies New Video 'Disconnect'

by Kaitlin Milligan - Nov 27, 2019

Smoke Fairies¬†just played a sell-out single launch at¬†The Social¬†in association with¬†Rough Trade¬†to celebrate the release of a¬†limited edition 7‚ÄĚ. The show and single¬†sold out three weeks prior to release and¬†landed at #3 in the UK Vinyl Singles chart, surrounded by¬†Coldplay,¬†Queen¬†and¬†Kate Bush.¬†They will play additional UK dates (below) in February just after the release of¬†Darkness Brings The Wonders Home. ¬†The ladies will also appear on¬†John Kennedy Radio X¬†with an interview and live session on January 28th.

Glitter Machine Covers Ariana Grande's 'God is a Woman' Videoplay
Glitter Machine Covers Ariana Grande's 'God is a Woman'

by Abigail Charpentier - Nov 22, 2019

GLITTER MACHINE will drop their third single God is a Woman, a cover of Ariana Grande's hit released in 2018.

Watch a Cut from Warren Haynes' Upcoming Live Film and Album Videoplay
Watch a Cut from Warren Haynes' Upcoming Live Film and Album

by Abigail Charpentier - Nov 14, 2019

The latest cut from GRAMMY Award-winning artist and guitar legend Warren Haynes' upcoming live film and album, Warren Haynes Presents: The Benefit Concert Volume 16, for Hard Working Americans' 'Stomp & Holler' can be viewed here! Recorded at Warren Haynes' Christmas Jam on December 13, 2014, supergroup Hard Working Americans (comprised of Todd Snider, Dav Schools, Neal Casal, Chad Staehly, and Duane Trucks) perform their roots-driven rendition of Hayes Carll's 'Stomp and Holler.'

William Prince Announces Brand New Album 'Reliever' Videoplay
William Prince Announces Brand New Album 'Reliever'

by Abigail Charpentier - Nov 11, 2019

William Prince has announced his second album Reliever, due for release on February 7thvia Glassnote Records.

Petaluma Records to Release STOP, HEY WHAT'S THAT SOUND Videoplay
Petaluma Records to Release STOP, HEY WHAT'S THAT SOUND

by Kaitlin Milligan - Nov 7, 2019

In January of 2020, as Americans get set to vote in the presidential primaries,¬†Petaluma Records¬†will release¬†Stop, Hey What's That Sound: Classic Protest Songs Reimagined¬†with liner notes from famed music critic Rob Tannenbaum.¬† Announced the compilation for a¬†January 31, 2020¬†release with a premiere of a video for¬†Renee Holiday¬†&¬†Nigel Harrison's (Blondie) cover of¬†Patti Smith's 1988,¬†‚ÄúPeople Have The Power‚Ä̬†via¬†Audiofemme¬†‚Ästshare via YouTube.¬† Proceeds from the single, out tomorrow, will go to support¬†Headcount.org.

Screaming Females Release Non-Album Recordings in 'Singles Too' Videoplay
Screaming Females Release Non-Album Recordings in 'Singles Too'

by Abigail Charpentier - Oct 15, 2019

Out Friday,¬†Singles Too¬†collects Screaming Females' complete non-album recordings, gathering together early 7‚ÄĚ singles, digital-only b-sides, and one pretty great remix. The download and CD will also feature six cover songs, including the New Jersey trio's takes on music by Neil Young, Taylor Swift, Sheryl Crow, and Patti Smith.


Neil Young Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Neil Young written?
Neil Young has written 1 shows including Street Corner Symphony (Composer).