Neil Young Nation: A Quest, an Obsession (And a True Story)

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Greystone Books, a division of D&M, 2005 - BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY - 297 pages
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Neil Young is one of the most consistently popular musicians of our time. His brilliant, gnomic, lyrical music has earned him fans of all ages and persuasions. Novelist Kevin Chong counts himself among them.

Neil Young will turn 60 in 2005. Kevin Chong will turn 30. To celebrate these two milestones, Chong sets off on a road trip in search of his boyhood hero. Crisscrossing the continent, he follows that route that led Young to become a musical legend. He visits Winnipeg, where Young formed his first band, the Squires; Omeemee,Young’s childhood home; Los Angeles, where Young became a rock star; and many more of Young’s former haunts. He meets rabid Neil fans, talks to people who knew Young as a kid, and puzzles over Young’s strange, sometimes contradictory pronouncements.

Neil Young Nation is an entertaining account of Chong’s journey. But it is much more than a conventional travelogue. It’s an idiosyncratic, irreverent, free-wheeling pastiche that incorporates elements of biography, mock hagiography, cultural criticism, humor, and personal essay. Chong’s brief vacation from adulthood teaches him something about rock and roll, contrarianism, the allure of the road, being cool, and aging gracefully: staying Young.

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User Review  - Du - Goodreads

Some pages, sections worked, others didn't. The premise was good, traveling a route that Neil Young took from Winnipeg to LA in 1966. The drawback was the amount of reminiscence and storytelling that ... Read full review

Review: Neil Young Nation: A Quest, an Obsession (and a True Story)

User Review  - Dave - Goodreads

I read this a few years ago, so I don't remember exactly how good it was, but I do remember thinking that it was quite amusing. Definitely for the Neil faithful. Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Kevin Chong spent his adolescence noodling on the guitar, playing in garage bands and listening to a lot of Neil Young. His first published piece as a teenager was a song-by-song review of a Young concert for the official fanzine “Broken Arrow.” Kevin Chong studied at the University of British Columbia and Columbia University, where he received an MFA in writing. His first novel, Baroque-a-Nova, was published in Canada, the U.S. and France. He lives in Vancouver, where he is working on his second novel.

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