"Old man, look at my life —
I'm a lot like you were."
"My my, hey hey
Rock and roll is here to stay
It's better to burn out than to fade away
My my, hey hey"Neil Young (1945-) is one of the most influential singer-songwriters of the 20th century. He has written and performed numerous hits throughout The Sixties and The Seventies and had a major comeback during The Nineties. He's best known for his solo work, but was also a member of Buffalo Springfield. He's also performed with Crosby, Stills, and Nash, albeit on an irregular basis.His style changes often, with his albums falling into blues, acoustic folk, rockabilly, jazz, and even electronic. He is sometimes called the Grandfather (or Godfather) of Grunge, as his music and harsh, noisy guitar playing had a strong influence on both the bands that would later popularize that genre (Nirvana, Pearl Jam) as well as Alternative Rock in general (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.). Young is also adept with many different instruments, though is best known for the piano, harmonica, and guitar.Though well-known in America and currently living in California, Young is a Canadian citizen and wishes to remain so. Ironically, he has been very vocal about American policies and politics, and is a well-known liberal activist. He is also an active philanthropist, having founded The Bridge School and the benefit concert, Farm Aid. He is also a sometime engineer-inventor, whose most recent projects are a prototype electric car and the PONO music system which plays extremely high-resolution digital sound.Not to be confused with Young Neil.
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