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Shakey: Neil Young's Biography
 
 

Shakey: Neil Young's Biography [Kindle Edition]

Jimmy McDonough
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Cantankerous and secretive, Neil Young has banished authors from his inner sanctum--until now. In Shakey, Jimmy McDonough distills more than 300 interviews (including guarded yet revealing interrogations of Young himself) into the definitive biography: the skyrocket success, willful disasters, health horrors and triumphs, stunning comebacks, and highly colorful scuffles with equally impossible characters like Stephen Stills, David Crosby, and the incompetent yet brilliant musicians of Crazy Horse. Young is not quite the noble soul some thought--he's an astounding control freak. But he is never less than fascinating. "As ruthless as I may seem to be," Young tells McDonough, "you gotta do what ya gotta do. Just like a f-----' vampire. Heh heh heh." --Tim Appelo

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Cantankerous and secretive, Neil Young has banished authors from his inner sanctum--until now. In Shakey, Jimmy McDonough distills more than 300 interviews (including guarded yet revealing interrogations of Young himself) into the definitive biography: the skyrocket success, willful disasters, health horrors and triumphs, stunning comebacks, and highly colorful scuffles with equally impossible characters like Stephen Stills, David Crosby, and the incompetent yet brilliant musicians of Crazy Horse. Young is not quite the noble soul some thought--he's an astounding control freak. But he is never less than fascinating. "As ruthless as I may seem to be," Young tells McDonough, "you gotta do what ya gotta do. Just like a f-----' vampire. Heh heh heh." --Tim Appelo

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 3226 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 800 Seiten
  • Verlag: Vintage Digital; Auflage: New Ed (7. Juni 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00D48F1ZY
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Jimmy McDonough, Shakey. Neil Young's biography 11. Juli 2002
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Die definitive Neil Young-Biographie! War das Buch von Johnny Rogan, NY, 1982 ein wissenschaftlich-akademisches Konglomerat von bereits gedruckten Zitatstellen mit seinen (Rogans) Kommentaren, so hat man hier das vor sich, was Amerikaner "the real thing" nennen.
McDonough kann aus dem vollen schöpfen: endlose Interviews mit NY selbst (kaum zu glauben, daß der sich einem Biographen so weit geöffnet und sich zu Theman geäußert hat, die ins Privateste hinein reichen); Interviews mit Musikerkollegen, von denen keiner ein Blatt vor den Mund nahm; Interviews mit engsten Angehörigen, die bereitwillig Rede und Antwort standen (sogar Youngs Sohn Zeke war dabei).
Das Ergebnis dieser jahrenlangen Recherchen zeigen den Musiker und den Privatmann Young als sehr unsicheren, von großen Stimmungsschwankungen heimgesuchten Menschen, als einen Perfektionisten, der kaum mit sich und seiner Arbeit zufrieden ist und der - das scheint mir wohl das Wichtigste zu sein, jedenfalls was mich als Hörer seiner Musik betrifft - seine beste Musik nicht auf den offiziellen Alben und CDs veröffentlicht hat. Das beste von ihm scheint es nur auf Bootlegszu geben. Insgesamt eine Biographie, die an erster Stelle einen Menschen zeigt, der Musik macht und nicht den Musiker in den Vordergrund setzt, einen Menschen, der mit anderen aber auch sehr rücksichtslos umgeht und seine Launen voll auslebt, ob gewollt oder ungewollt.
Man wünscht sich mehr solcher Bücher. Hoffentlich ist McDonough dabei, irgendwann man ein ähnlich intensives Werk zu veröffentlichen.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Well researched, but poorly edited and in the end, bombastic 9. Juni 2002
Von Dan Ryan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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For Neil Young fans only. Read with patience.
McDonough deserves credit for researching Neil Young's life, particularly his early days. His early days in Canada are particularly revealing, showing how Neil's hard-driven personality propelled into great success.
McDonough also deserves credit for getting the always obscure Neil to be about as open as he gets. The interviews are at their best when Neil is describing events in the past. Neil is at times very candid about his failings in his personal life (two divorces) and in his professional life (over-producing "Mr. Soul").
Unfortunately, the book suffers on a few fronts.
First of all, it is poorly edited. The length of the book could have easily been cut 200 pages without much loss. Several times the book will describe events, then have length quotes from Neil exactly describing the same event.
Second, McDonough's status as a hard-core Neil Young fan makes some of his prose rather silly. His exhaltations of "Tonight's the Night" just seem silly. For Pete's sake, Jimmy, it's just Rock and Roll, not the second coming of Jesus.
Finally, the last 100 pages or so are really regrettable. McDonough inserts himself into the biography. Suddenly, it's Jimmy teaching Neil about Nirvana, Jimmy trying to save Neil from the evils of being a Lionel Trains Tycoon. Most annoying is McDonough's whining about Neil giving lots of interviews. Oh, boo hoo, Jimmy's interviews with Niel aren't that exclusive.
But, for a Neil Young fan, this book is indispensible. After reading this book, I have a better understanding of the folks in Neil's sometime backup band, "Crazy Horse". I understand more what is involved with producing an album, and what impact producer David Briggs had on Neil's work. I now know that Neil's unique sound is the result of an ancient guitar dubbed "Ol' Black".
I now have an idea of who Carrie Snodgrass is, although, to be honest, I think McDonough is very unfair with her, along with Neil's first wife. Neil himself seems to be more even-handed with his ex-wives. McDonough seems to hold any woman in who didn't put up with Neil's shenanigans in contempt.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Whole Lot of "Shakey" Goin' On 26. Juni 2002
Von Brian D. Rubendall - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'm a huge Neil Young fan, with over two dozen of his albums in my collection. But I'm not a fanatic, and as a result I found his biography, "Shakey" to be as stimulating, but as frustratingly erratic as the artist himself. One thing Neil Young could never be accused of is self-censorship, and author Jimmy McDonough writes about him in the same vein, telling in nearly 800 pages a stoory that could have been more succinctly and powerfully conveyed in about half that number. McDonough spent over ten years working on the book, however, and I guess he felt that his huge investment of time justifies the book's length.
The book is a rambling narrative of Young's life, mainly as seen through the eyes of his closest associates, but is told in the Hunter S. Thompson "gonzo" style of journalism as McDonough frequently inserts himself into the story. There is nothing necessarily wrong with this approach, in may have in fact been necessary, but it ends up padding the length. The main story is interspersed with a hundred or so pages of text from McDonough's various interviews with Young in which the artist is quoted verbaitim. It is a fascinating and unprecedented look into Young's mind, but again it starts to become wearing after awhile. Lengthy passages about such relatively uninteresting subjects as Young's passion for model trains slow things down even further.
Ultimately, "Shakey" is likely to be endured only by Young's most ardent fans and will not win the artist any new converts. But I get the feeling that Young would prefer it that way. As McDonough recounts, the quickest way to get Young to drop a song from an album is to tell him its going to be a surefire hit. He is that rare rock star who actually eschews popularity. Young remains a startlingly original talent after nearly four decades in the recording busines and for all of its flaws, "Shakey" manages to capture his essence.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen A mediocre biography at best 14. Juni 2002
Von SteveR - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Although I did enjoy reading a lot of Shakey, I ended up disappointed. The early chapters which describe Neil's battles with polio, his parents divorce, and epileptic seizures I found extremely interesting. Unfortunately once you get to his professional music career, Jimmy McDonough spends more time trying to psychoanalyze what Neil's intentions were instead of just focusing on how things came about. He offers up his personal reviews of albums (many of which I disagree with) that seem like they were taken from his archives as a journalist for Spin magazine. He also picks apart lyrics describing his great interpretation of the heavy symbolism in the songs. Dude, "Homegrown" isn't about man's struggle with the universe, it's about pot! I also found his constant returning to the "Tonight's The Night" album as Neil's greatest accomplishment and the measurment of everything else he's ever done annoying. Also, according to McDonough, Neil Young must be the worst performer of all time since he spends so much time ripping every live performance to shreds describing how out of tune the band was, how much feedback there was, how they couldn't keep the beat, etc. The end of the book finds McDonough complaining to Neil about how much time he's been spending on TV, at the RnR Hall of Fame, at the Academy Awards. Yeah, one thing I hate as a fan is seeing too much of a performer I like! But most of all what I felt the book accomplished was showing Neil as a very unlikeable character. Someone who has temper tantrums, is impossible to work with, doesn't care about the quality of the work he puts out, fires band members on a whim only to call them back years later when he needs to use them, then dump them again, on and on. Well, if you're a Neil fan you may want to check this out, but be aware that at times you will be annoyed.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Over and over, again and again 21. Juni 2002
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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While I appreciate a book that I cannot rip through in a day, the 800 page Shakey becomes terribly repetitive. The worst part is that, beyond the fact that Neil does some things over and over (we all do), the author starts to write the same things over and over. First, we know McDonough likes Neil's music (OK, at least the few albums with Crazy Horse McDonough returns to, again and again) but is there really no other artist in the universe for whom he can spare a kind or even decent word? It gets tiresome, especially when McDonough often thinks Neil and his latest group/idea are lame -- but everyone else is lamer.
Second, especially as the book drags on, it becomes clear that if only Neil would listen to McDonough everything is his life and career could be so much better.
I really would rather have read more about Neil, and less about McDonough on Neil and how Neil rises above the vast wasteland that is popular culture. I found this McDonough pose particularly tiring -- it is all so very kneejerk, video-killed-the-radio-star, late '80ies.
So, this is a reasonably engaging book, but I walked away thinking a really good editor could have made this a far better read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Rock N Roll Masterpiece 8. Mai 2002
Von Johnny Piedmont - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Shakey is one of the best Rock and Roll bio's I've ever read, ranking equal with Nick Tosches Hellfire. Author Jimmy McDonough manages to capture the genius, stupidity, humor and relevance of Neil Young without whitewashing Young's career and life or exploiting it. It's both personal and critical, the author obviously admiring Young as an artist, but unafraid of delving into the darker aspects of the rocker's character. It's also a great read and you'll find yourself keeping yourself awake just to get to the next page. Young's life goes through so many changes and he works with, sleeps with, fights with or just bumps into so many people, rock and pop icons that the book also serves as a great historical survey of pop culture from the 1960's-today. For Young fans and Rock n Roll fans alike, this is the bio of the year. Shakey is simply a masterpiece.
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