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Neil Young

Datum narození: 12. listopad 1945

Neil Percival Young je kanadský zpěvák, písničkář, hudebník a filmový režisér. Youngovo dílo je typické hluboce osobními texty, charakteristickým stylem hry na kytaru a příznačným nosovým zpěvem . Sám se doprovází na několik různých nástrojů , jeho styl hry na akustickou kytaru a časté výstřední sólování na elektrickou kytaru jsou klíčovými momenty někdy drsného, jindy uhlazeného zvuku. Young za své hudební kariéry experimentoval s různými hudebními styly, včetně swingu, jazzu, rockabilly, blues a elektronické hudby, jeho nejznámější díla však náleží do dvou stylů: folkově akustického rocku a elektrikou nabitého hard rocku . V pozdějších letech začal Young přebírat novější styly hudby jako industriál, alternative country a grunge, v němž prohloubil svůj vlastní styl hry, což mu přineslo titul "Kmotr grunge".

Young režíroval několik filmů pod pseudonymem Bernard Shakey, včetně Journey Through the Past , Rust Never Sleeps , Human Highway , a Greendale .

Ačkoliv Young často zpívá o Amerických legendách a mýtech , zůstává kanadským občanem a nikdy nechtěl občanství měnit.


„Lepší je vyhořet, než zvolna zrezivět.“

„Ze všech kytaristů, které jsem kdy slyšel, byl na elektrickou kytaru nejlepší Jimi Hendrix a JJ Cale.“


„It's better to burn out than to fade away.“

„If you follow every dream, you might get lost.“

„Once I thought I saw you
in a crowded hazy bar,
Dancing on the light
from star to star.
Far across the moonbeam
I know that's who you are,
I saw your brown eyes
turning once to fire.

You are like a hurricane
There's calm in your eye.
And I'm gettin' blown away
To somewhere safer
where the feeling stays.
I want to love you but
I'm getting blown away.

I am just a dreamer,
but you are just a dream,
You could have been
anyone to me.
Before that moment
you touched my lips
That perfect feeling
when time just slips
Away between us
on our foggy trip.

You are like a hurricane
There's calm in your eye.
And I'm gettin' blown away
To somewhere safer
where the feeling stays.
I want to love you but
I'm getting blown away.

You are just a dreamer,
and I am just a dream.
You could have been
anyone to me.
Before that moment
you touched my lips
That perfect feeling
when time just slips
Away between us
on our foggy trip.

You are like a hurricane
There's calm in your eye.
And I'm gettin' blown away
To somewhere safer
where the feeling stays.
I want to love you but
I'm getting blown away.

The song was written in July 1975 after Young had just undergone an operation on his vocal chords after a cocaine-fueled night with friend. "We were all really high, fucked up. Been out partying. Wrote it sitting up at Vista Point on Skyline. Supposed to be the highest point in San Mateo County, which was appropriate. I wrote it when I couldn't sing. I was on voice rest. It was nuts - I was whistling it.

I wrote a lot of songs when I couldn't talk.“

„Keep on rockin' in the free world.“

„And as an afterthought, this too must be told: Some people have taken pure bullshit and turned it into gold.“

„It doesn't mean that much to me to mean that much to you.“


„when we were strangers, I liked you from afar
when we were lovers, I loved you with all my heart“

„Don't let it bring you down. It's only castles burning, find someone who's turning, and you will come around.“

„This old world keeps spinnin’ round; It’s a wonder tall trees ain’t layin’ down.“

„There was a band playing in my head, And I felt like getting high“


„I love it when people yell at me about the environment and then I tell 'em I'm burning 90% cleaner than them.“

„Give a hippie too much money and anything can happen.“ Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream

„A job is never truly finished. It just reaches a stage where it can be left on its own for a while.“ Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream

„Pearl Jam is a band I have a lot of respect for. Nirvana and Sonic Youth I feel the same way about. Mumford & Sons, My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Givers, and Foo Fighters are just some of my favorites. I respect bands that give me something of themselves that I can feel. ("Posing" bands turn me off generally speaking.) It all has to do with a feeling I have about them. That is what music is to me, a feeling. It's similar with people too.“ Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream

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