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Neil Young published his first book, a memoir called Waging Heavy Peace, in October, 2012. The book was well received by the mainstream press and spent a couple of weeks on the New York Times top 10 bestseller list. The core of Mr. Young’s ever decreasing fan base, 60-something white male baby-boomers, also embraced the book with great enthusiasm. Waging Heavy Peace became a bestseller.

I enjoyed Waging Heavy Peace well enough, but I was also very disappointed by it on several levels. The most blatant disappointment was Neil’s shocking use of the book to promote his latest commercial venture, a little handheld gadget called PureTone (now know as Pono). The device was to be Mr. Young’s answer to the “evil” MP3 player. But it ruined the book for me. And I was not alone.

Neil Young is a very intelligent man. He obviously learned a great deal about the reality and expectations of the world of publishing. Scott Young, Neil’s father, was a writer and author of several books. I get the feeling that the experience of writing his own book has given Mr. Young a greater appreciation for the art of writing as well a better understanding of his late father.

And now Neil, with very little fanfare, has published his second book. It’s called Special Deluxe: a memoir of life and cars. And I am delighted to report that it is a wonderful book. Special Deluxe is a gentle and revealing look into Neil Young’s fascinating life. Unlike Waging Heavy Peace, Mr. Young uses Special Deluxe to describe his life in a much more coherent way. This time he employes a cohesive narrative which combines a long and affectionate look from his upbringing in Canada and continues through his steady rise to fame and his life long love for classic old cars.

Special Deluxe is 376 pages divided into 40 chapters: and each chapter includes a wonderful watercolor illustration by Mr. Young himself that depicts the particular car included in the chapter. The writing is poetic and intimate. It’s almost as if you can reach out your hand and place it on his shoulder and look him in the eye. Spacial Deluxe is an achievement. It’s no wonder that Rolling Stone magazine described the book as “Vivid”

The only real disappointment in Special Deluxe is the final chapter. It goes into excruciating detail about his experiences with Lincvolt and his convoluted views on environmental politics. However, even this chapter is salvaged by the revelations about his rumored new girlfriend, the 53 year old actress, Daryl Hannah, and the humorous comparison between himself and Henry Ford.

Neil Young has redeemed himself with his new memoir. Special Deluxe describes the book perfectly.



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by johnjohndoe

Silver seed
sounds like Neil forgot he wrote "After the Gold Rush"

( Posted by: Zeus [Member] On: March 18, 2015 )





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