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Neil Young

Updated on December 12, 2013

Neil Young - Father of Grunge

Sometimes visionary, sometimes simply way out there, Neil Young is anything from boring.

Neil has maintained a huge following of fans since the seventies with varying styles of music including acoustic ballads, country rock and grunge rock & roll.

Never much worried about exactly how his music will be received Neil has recorded numerous albums both solo and within group settings.

Neil Young Quick Facts

Full Name: Neil Percival Young

Born: 11/12/1945

Birth Place: Toronto, Canada

Occupation: Musician

Nationality: Canadian


Father: Scott Young

Mother: Edna "Rassy" Young

Wife: Pegi Morton Young

Daughter: Amber Jean

Sons: Ben & Zeke


Buffalo Springfield

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young


1982: Canadian Music Hall of Fame

1993: Best Achievement in Music - Oscar Nominee

1995: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - Solo Work

1997: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - Buffalo Springfield

2009: Best Solo Rock Vocal performance - Grammy Nominee

Neil Young - 1969

Mother Earth

Respect Mother Earth and her giving ways or trade away our children's days.

Three Reasons to Love Neil Young

1> Like Bob Dylan he didn't let the fact that he doesn't have a great singing voice prevent him from achieving his dreams.

2> He doesn't let the record companies (or fans for that matter) lead his song writing. Rather, he writes what he feels - you can take it or leave it. In fact, Neil flips genres so often that his record company once sued him for failing to release "Neil Young" music.

3> He has written some of the best songs of all time.

What do you think of Neil Young?

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Neil Young Trivia Facts

  • Neil has been inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame twice! In 1995 for his solo work and in 1997 as a member of Buffalo Springfield.
  • The Australian band "Powderfinger" is named after a song found on Neil's "Rust Never Sleeps" lp.
  • Neil vowed never to play the song "My My Hey Hey" again after Kurt Cobain quoted the lyrics from the song "It's better to burn out then to fade away" in his suicide note.
  • Neil is a Scorpio.
  • Neil made the Rolling Stone's List of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time at position 83.
  • Neil collects old automobiles and model trains.
  • While watching the riots at Kent State University in Ohio on TV, Neil wrote his hit "Ohio"
  • Neil turned down an offer of one million dollars to perform at Woodstock 94. When asked, he said he didn't want to perform because of how it was commercialized.

Better to burn

out than to

fade away.

I just do

what I do.

I like to

make music

What Neil Has to Say - Some Assorted Neil Young Quotes

  • "As I get older, I get smaller. I see other parts of the world I didn't see before. Other points of view. I see outside myself more."
  • "Back then people closed their eyes and listened to music. Today there's a lot of images that go with the music. A lot of music is crap and it's all commercial and the images are all trying to sell the record."
  • "Commitments are one of the worst things to have in the music business. They're very annoying."
  • "I don't like the American media - particularly Fox."
  • "I don't like war. I particularly don't like the celebration of war, which I think the administration is a little bit guilty of."
  • "I didn't really know what I was doing when I started. I just started writing songs. After two songs I just continued to explore it."
  • "I have so many opinions about everything it just comes out during my music. It's a battle for me. I try not to be preachy. That's a real danger."
  • "I just do what I do. I like to make music."
  • "I live for playing live. All my records are live, since After the Gold Rush, with the exception of Trans and the vocals on Landing on Water."
  • "I totally have no other talent and I would be totally out of work if I did anything else."

Neil Young Discography

Neil Young Albums


1968 Neil Young

1969 Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

1970 After the Gold Rush

1972 Harvest

1973 Time Fades Away

1974 On the Beach

1975 Tonight's the Night

1975 Zuma

1977 American Stars 'N Bars

1978 Comes a Time

1979 Rust Never Sleeps

1980 Hawks & Doves

1981 Re-ac-tor

1982 Trans

1983 Everybody's Rockin'

1985 Old Ways

1986 Landing on Water

1987 Life

1988 This Note's for You

1989 Eldorado

1989 Freedom

1990 Ragged Glory

1992 Harvest Moon

1994 Sleeps with Angels

1995 Mirror Ball

1996 Broken Arrow

2000 Silver & Gold

2002 Are You Passionate?

2003 Greendale

2005 Prairie Wind

2006 Living with War

2006 Living with War: In the Beginning

2007 Chrome Dreams II

2009 Fork in the Road

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    • joannalynn lm profile image

      joannalynn lm 

      6 years ago

      What a wonderful lens. However, the quiz questions were a bit of a challenge :). I was only an occasional fan, but I love his music, back to the early years.

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      6 years ago

      great lens and love the quotes especially!

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      jseven lm 

      6 years ago

      I love Neil Young's voice and the old 70's days music he sang!

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      Diana Grant 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love his music and have 2 0r 3 of his records - yes - vinyl, which I still play. But I did very badly in the quiz.

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      8 years ago

      great lens on my favorite artist -- thank you!

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      10 years ago

      I really like Neil Young's style and to me his voice sounds good. I also like Bob Dylan a lot and the two do have their similarities. Neil Young refuses to sell out and I honestly believe that he is not in it only for the money. The Decade LP set is among my top 5 favorite albums of all time. Kepp on Rockin in a free world!

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      Winter52 LM 

      10 years ago

      I started listening to Neil way back in the seventies... he is still amazing. :) Off to look for some of my old cds, oh wait they were vinyl back then weren't they.


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      10 years ago

      I'd love to find a video of him singing "Hurricane" from "American Stars and Bars". My first really serious BF used to sing that to me. That was a very hard to find album. I found it at a very out of the way vintage record store. I've never really looked for it on CD, but now I think I will.

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      10 years ago

      Neil Young is very good artist, I like many of his songs and I see him once in concert, if I remember it was unplugged concert, My favorite song is Harvest Moon

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      10 years ago

      He truly writes good songs and inspires us all! Anybody who doesn't like him must be crazy!!

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      10 years ago


      I ADORE Neil Young! so glad to see a lens about him. I heard a story about Neil Young from Graham Nash, who played for a small group of artists in Hawaii. One time when Nash visited Young, Neil took him out on a little row boat on a lake that met his cabin. When they were out in the middle of the lake Neil Young's new music came on.. in the ultimate stereo.. out there in the middle of the lake! Neil asked Nash, "So what do you think of my new song?"

      GREAT HUH?!

      Aloha and thank you for visiting my Rumi lens as well as others I have created! Kathy

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      11 years ago

      3 reasons to love Neil Young? Let me give you another one, which should be #1.

      His personal and musical integrity. Still plays the same sound, only refined. His voice against War, homelessness, corruption, commercialism make him tops.

      All freedom-lovers should listen to his words


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