Neil Young – Godfather of Grunge (TVPG; 1:55) Neil Young is frequently mentioned as “The Godfather of Grunge” due to the impact his music had on the early 90’s grunge music arena.
Young is additionally a powerful advocate for environmental and impairment problems, as shown by his co-foundation of the Benefit for Farm Aid and Bridge School Benefit Concerts.
Neil Young was born on November 12, 1945, in Toronto, Canada, and grew right up in the town of Winnipeg. Before becoming among the best known musicians of his generation, he formed his first group, the Jades, while in junior high school. Throughout that time, he also developed his characteristic melodic guitar style as well as usage of the “whammy bar,” creating a vibrato effect to follow his unique and mournful, untrained, yet remarkable voice.
Several years after, in 1963, Young formed an instrumental and folk-rock band called the Squires. It was during this time that Young first met Stephen Stills, who had been touring with his group, the Business.
In the mid-1960s, Young decided to depart the Squires and start touring the folk clubs in Winnipeg.
In 1966, Young moved to America with friend and bass player Bruce Palmer; the two packaged their properties into Young’s black hearse and drove the long road to La, California. There, Young and Palmer co-founded the group Buffalo Springfield, which likewise contained Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and Dewey Martin. Their very first record, Buffalo Springfield, which contained the Stills-authored hit song “For What It’s Worth,” was a bestseller and introduced both the group and Young to America. The group grew to attract a big following, and was acclaimed because of its experimental and proficient instrumental pieces, original songwriting and harmony-concentrated vocal composition.
From the late 1960s, Young had again embarked on a solo career, backed with a group called Crazy Horse. Via a contractual agreement, Young could work as both a solo musician as well as a part of CSN&Y concurrently. Just months after bringing Young to the mixture, CSN&Y was invited to perform in the famous Woodstock Festival—their second live performance. The group’s following tour and record launch, Dj Vu, catapulted them to fame—so much so that they were frequently referred to as the “American Beatles.”
Young’s relationship with all the remainder of his bandmates shortly became controversial, and he left the group in the early 1970s to restart his solo attempts, with helpfrom Crazy Horse. He released several records within the following 36 months, culminating with Harvest (1972), a hallmark work which has the song “Heart of Gold,” the only No. 1 hit of Young’s career, to date. CSN&Y reunited in 1974, and released a fruitful compilation album.
The next years were lean, from both a commercial and critical perspective, as the artist did not create an impact through his experiments withcomputerized sequencers and country music.
In 1989, Young released the record Freedom, including the track “Rockin’ in the Free World.” The tune is usually credited with beginning the most popular grunge movement, earning Young the moniker “Godfather of Grunge.” Young returned to his origins to make the record, which features a compilation of folk rock melodies.
The 2000s seen Youthful representing the souls of America, in the patriotic song “Let’s Roll,” inspired by the heroism revealed following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, to the antiwar-themed record Living with War.
In the 1980s, Young was greatly preoccupied with taking good care of his son Ben, who suffered from cerebral palsy. An enthusiastic model train collector, Young created a 700-foot model train track in a barn on his property as ways to socialize with Ben. Young developed specific controls for the train set, letting his son to command changing and power by means of a paddle system. The controls afterwards formed the foundation for a firm called Liontech. In 1995, when the Lionel business was facing insolvency, Young put together an investment group to buy the train business so he could continue his research and development.
The yearly concert benefit for the Bridge School, began in 1986, has brought a large number of concertgoers and featured many important artists, including Eddie Vedder, Beck, Dave Matthews and Carlos Santana. Young also became greatly involved with advocating for environmental problems by participating in the organization of annual concerts for Farm Aid.
In October, Young and Crazy Horse released another record, the double LP Psychedelic Pill.
In September 2012, Young released his candid autobiography, Waging Heavy Peace. Despite saying in the intro he needed to take a rest from touring, the longtime musician had already returned to the stage by the period of the publication’s launch.
Young presented two more records in 2014, A Letter Home and Storytone. In 2015, he recorded The Monsato Yearsand embarked on a brand new tour with Guarantee of the Real, an organization of younger musicians fronted by Willie Nelson’s son Lukas.
Young appears to have constantly challenged himself musically, and challenged his audience emotionally, by experimenting with musical styles and genres. His musical versatility, along with his refusal to remain in a single spot, or with one group, have strengthened his endurance in a culture which is frequently determined from the latest fad. I see the rest of the world I did not see before. Other points of view. I see outside myself more.”