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Iconic Canadian American rocker Young's (b. 1945) first memoir, composed during a rare break from making new music and without the aid of a ghostwriter, is a free-form series of digressions covering many personal and professional topics that span his long life and prolific career. Young splits his time between remembering and sometimes eulogizing the many musicians he has worked with and friends he has partied with through the years, telling stories from his sprawling musical career in nonchronological spurts, and explaining at length his two current design projects-large low-energy-consumption cars and high-audio-quality digital music players. Young also finds room to discuss his Canadian upbringing, his three beloved children and wife, Pegi, and his collections of vintage cars and model trains. Young's writing is simple, unfiltered, sometimes hilarious, and often filled with nostalgia and gratitude. He is quite candid about his many successes and failures as a musician, as a husband, and as a parent. Young offers revealing insights into his time in Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young and as a solo artist. Verdict Essential reading for all fans of Young, who, in his typical idiosyncratic, improvisational, and charmingly long-winded style, fills in the gaps of Jimmy McDonough's flawed Shakey: Neil Young's Biography.-Douglas King, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.