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Neil Young's Memoir Waging Heavy Peace Distributed by Alfred Music Publishing

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Monday, December 10, 2012
Alfred distributes Neil Young: Waging Heavy Peace, the Los Angeles Times No. 1 best-seller and first memoir of the legendary singer, songwriter, and guitarist Neil Young. Astoundingly candid, witty, and as uncompromising and true as his music, Neil offers a kaleidoscopic view of his personal life and musical creativity.

Perfect for Neil Young and classic rock fans alike, the book details events throughout Neil’s life, from his childhood in Ontario where his father instilled in him a love for the written word, to falling in love with his wife, Pegi, and the birth of his three children. Neil fills the text with descriptive tales including his first brush with mortality at the age of five, his struggles to pay rent during his early days with the Squires, performing in a remote town as a polar bear prowled beneath the floorboards, leaving Canada on a whim to pursue his musical dreams, and much more. He also recounts his rapid rise to fame with Buffalo Springfield and what it was like going solo after their ultimate break-up; forming Crazy Horse and joining Crosby, Stills & Nash; and the writing of several song classics such as “Cinnamon Girl,” “Cowgirl in the Sand,” “Down by the River,” “Ohio,” and more.

“Waging Heavy Peace” is a convoluted road map to that [Neil Young’s] life, drawn on cocktail napkins and pinned up with refrigerator magnets,” said Howard Hampton of the New York Times. “Part free-form blog, part liner notes to some future hundred-disc anthology and part loopy travelogue through one aging hippie’s expansive backyard.”

Neil Young: Waging Heavy Peace (74-0399159466) is now available for $30.00 at music retail stores and at alfred.com.