Neil Young, the Godfather of Grunge

His Dad Was a Famous Writer

Neil Percival Young was born on November 12, 1945, in Toronto, Canada, to two outspoken parents. His father, Scott, was a journalist and a writer who wrote over 45 books, and his mom, Edna (nickname “Rassy”), was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.


Neil Young and his mother Rassy 1968. Source: New York Times

When Young was four, the family moved from the big city to the rural town of Omemee, which he described as a “sleepy little place.” Later on, his parents divorced. This was a troubling time for Young, who moved to Winnipeg with his mother while his brother Bob stayed with his father in Toronto.