Neil Young, the Godfather of Grunge

He’s been called a dirty rock n’ roller, a bluesy bad boy, and a hippie narcissist. But regardless of your thoughts on Neil Young, there’s no denying he’s a huge creative force. The Canadian singer is a brilliant songwriter who has proved that it’s possible to be successful and play by your own rules at the same time.


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Throughout his career, he’s given up on incredible opportunities because he felt they were too commercialized and dishonored the art at hand. Impressive right? I mean, not many stars would give up a million-dollar performance at Woodstock (1994) out of sheer principle.

From solo folkie to a grungy rocker, here’s a deep dive into the life of Neil Young.