In more than thirty-years as a
recording artist, Neil Young has experienced as many extreme low points
of critical and commercial success as he has high, but he is, without a
doubt, one of rock and roll’s most important and enigmatic figures. His
signature nasal tone, shrill guitar playing, highly personal
lyric-writing, and “hippie-cowboy loner stance” have helped shape rock
and roll into its maturity. Young has created a sound and feel uniquely
his own through his experimentation with every genre from gentle folk
and country-rock to rockabilly, the blues, and electronic music.
Despite his enormous catalog and influence, Young continued moving
forward, writing new songs and exploring new music in his fourth decade
as a performing artist. That restless spirit ensured that he was one of
the few rock veterans as vital in his old age as he was in his youth.