Monday, Aug. 23, 2010
Neil Young: Long May You Run—The Illustrated History (Voyageur Press), by Daniel Durchholz and Gary Graff
Almost a half-century after the release of his first official recordings, in 1963 with a short-lived group called The Squires, Neil Young continues to captivate listeners. He has released multiple vintage recordings in recent years, including the massive, groundbreaking Archives Vol. I. The new book Long May You Run—The Illustrated History taps into why the cantankerous Young continues to captivate. Co-written by rock journalists Gary Graff (a weekly guest on the “Bob & Brian” show on 102.9 The Hog) and Daniel Durchholz, this handsome, hefty volume culls interviews with Young, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills and members of Crazy Horse and Pearl Jam to provide a highly readable overview of a man notorious for challenging even his most hardcore fans. Photographs dating back to Young’s childhood, concert posters and memorabilia fulfill the “illustrated history” promise, and sidebars cover topics like Young’s favorite guitar, the Kent State killings that inspired “Ohio” and the troubled tale of Young’s official biography.