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NEIL YOUNG Waging Heavy Peace; PETE TOWNSHEND Who I Am. Reviewed by Toby Creswell


The Newtown Review of Books

9780670921713Neil Young reveals and Pete Townshend conceals in these contrasting rock & roll memoirs.

The rock & roll confidential has occupied one of the least edifying shelves in the bookstore. The hazy memories of too many girls and too many drugs were shaped by ghost-writers into versions of the same story – innocent years and first wife, early fame and women whose faces were no longer quite recalled, drug dependence, break up of the band and a new wife to comfort during the long, slow creative decline. Generally an as-told-to affair, sanitised for the benefit of the new wife. Then in the past decade, three books changed the game. The first was Bob Dylan’s Chronicles, the second was Patti Smith’s Just Kids and the third, Keith Richards’s Life. Surprisingly, Neil Young’s Waging Heavy Peace may outdistance them all.

Dylan’s book is notable for the elegance and the simplicity…

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