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.
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.