Neil Young has been described as brilliant, cantankerous, enigmatic, and vexing. Regardless, his generation-spanning fan base and his profound musical influence cannot be denied. While a number of narrative titles have chronicled Neil Young in one manner or another, this is the first illustrated history to span his 41 studio albums, 6 live releases, and 40-plus years as a recording and touring musician. From Young's earliest days in the Canadian rock scene through his tenures with Buffalo Springfield and CSNY and on to his varied solo career, each aspect of the musician's career is covered. Photography from rock photographers of the 1960s to the present, as well as concert posters and memorabilia from around the world, are complemented by commentary from notable musicians around the world and a discography.
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About the Author
Daniel Durchholz is co-editor of MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide and a former editor at Request and Replay magazines and at STLtoday.com. His byline has appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Stereophile, and many other publications. His weekly music segment can be heard on The Carney Show on KMOX-AM (St. Louis) and online at KMOX.com. He lives in Wildwood, Missouri. Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist based in Detroit. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times Features Syndicate, Billboard, UPI, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Revolver, and other publications, as well as to radio stations in Detroit and Milwaukee. He is the editor of The Ties That Bind: Bruce Springsteen A to E to Z and the series editor of the MusicHound Essential Album Guides. He lives in Beverly Hills, Michigan.
What People are Saying About This
“Voyageur Press books always look like a million bucks, and this coffee-table career biography of enduring sixties rock star Young is no exception. Even the dullest old snap shot of kid Neil’s family or his first band lushly glows from matte pages as if printed on silk. And those pages! Seldom allowed to be merely white, they are colored and loosely patterned when not entirely filled by a photo. As rock photo books emphasizing the subject, not the photographer(s), go, this is a honey…scads will love browsing it.”
“Neil Young: Long May You Run: The Illustrated History by veteran rock journalists Daniel Durchholz and Gary Graff is without a doubt pretty much of an essential item for the Neil Young library. The first impression one gets from leafing through the pages is the high quality of the printing and presentation by the publisher Voyageur Press. It's a coffee table type of book with 224 large pages, nice grade paper stock, and fine reproductions of photos and memorablia. It would seem that for even those Neil fans who've read everything from Jimmy McDonough's Shakey: A Neil Young Biography to the Neil Young Archives book will find something new and eye catching in The Illustrated History….the book will certainly hold a lot of surprises and revelations for the more casual fan. In fact this is the type of book you hand someone who says "I just don't get Neil Young."
This 224-page tome, painstakingly assembled by rock journalists Daniel Durchholz and Gary Graff, compiles tons of photos (many never before seen) and detailed insights on grunge godfather Neil Young's seven-decade spanning career. From his earliest days with the Mynah Birds (a band that also featured Rick James!), to his hit-making days with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, to his genre-hopping solo works, to his current status as an activist and vital living legend (you can catch him on tour all summer long), Long May You Run leaves no stone (or riff) unturned.
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Flipping through Long May You Run: The Illustrated History a picture perfect documentation of Neil Young's musical story and beyond is the equivalent of listening to his music in an altered state. At times, it can be overwhelming. Daniel Durchholz and Gary Graff's love of Young as a person and his cultural contributions is the force of nature behind LMYR's lush 224 pages, the team effectively creating one of the best coffee table books ever. You want rare and vintage photos? Check. Reproductions of classic posters and various memorabilia? Check. A precise discography that includes 41 studio and 6 live albums, plus discussions of Young's music by his contemporaries and notable connoisseurs? Of course, it's all here.
Durchholz and Graff's hard cover documentary anthologizes virtually every important moment from Neil Young's Buffalo Springfield tenure (actually, earlier) through his days with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, his solo career, and beyond….if you've forgotten any of the reasons why he remains this important an icon, check out virtually any page of LMYR for your mandatory memory jog as you savor each visual of this perfect tutorial on more than 40 years of Young's long run.
Billed as an illustrated history, this oversized tome packs more than 400 striking images into its 224 pages. Written and compiled by rock journalists Daniel Du
Classic RockRealizing that the slim chances of Young going through his personal treasure trove for public consumption anytime soon, Graff and Drucholz have taken matters capably in hand….Voyageur Press’s high production values provide the ace in the hole. The beautifully designed layout, studded with the foreign record sleeves and tour posters, show Neil as central to the living embodiment of the ongoing evolution of West Coast art. Exhaustive picture research stretches back to his schooldays with The Squires and his short-lived hook up with Rick James in The Mynah Birds, and there are sections on everything from his movies to female accomplices, family members and trust les Paul guitar Old Black. Terrific. (8 out of 10).” Lithium Magazine, August 12, 2010“Canada’s legendary rocker Neil Young is paid homage by means of the first-ever complete illustrated history. This stunning hard cover book is perfect to adorn your coffee table or rev up your Neil Young library…If you’re a true Neil Young fan this book is a definite must see. Daniel and Gary master the meticulous task of both a written and visual documentary celebrating Neil’s legacy.”
MOJOIt seems strange it took this long for a Neil Young coffee table book to appear. It’s almost a no-brainer, given past similar tomes on Bob Dylan and Van Morrison. Dylan, in fact, dominates one of this book’s early sidebars (Neil & The Dylan Domain). Also included are side trips into the Lynyrd Skynyrd ‘feud, the brief Motown tenure and family ties. There are testimonials, first-source quotes from David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, various Crazy Horse dudes and the kooky old codger himself. Visually, Voyageur does the same excellent job here as has in the past with Led Zeppelin and Queen projects. And if young isn’t as photogenic or flashy as those two, his chameleon-like nature is fully exploited, alongside such rare images as the artist aged two and in high school. (8 out of 10)