He is someone who has not been able to live without music since the end of the 60s: Who is Neil Young?

You either know him from the band Buffalo Springfield, his duets with Crazy Horse, or his solo as Neil Young. You have likely heard or listened to Neil Young at some point in your life, knowingly or completely encountering it or even without realizing him.

By David Foster Published on 15 Haziran 2024 : 15:27.
He is someone who has not been able to live without music since the end of the 60s: Who is Neil Young?

Some of us flew around the moon in our minds with the song Harvest Moon, and some of us got pumped up and ran in real life with the song Keep On Rockin' In The Free World.

Neil Young sometimes depressed many of us with the song My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue), and he also excited us with the hard rock version of the same song, Hey Hey My My (Into The Black).

This song influenced many musicians, so much so that Oasis played it at one of their concerts in 2000, and Battleme released a version of it for the TV series Sons Of Anarchy. The song affected Kurt Cobain so much that Cobain included the words "It's better to burn out than to fade away" from this song in his suicide letter.

Neil Percival Young (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian and American singer and songwriter. After embarking on a music career in Winnipeg in the 1960s, Young moved to Los Angeles, joining the folk-rock group Buffalo Springfield. Since the beginning of his solo career, often with backing by the band Crazy Horse, he has released critically acclaimed albums such as Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (1969), After the Gold Rush (1970), Harvest (1972), On the Beach (1974), and Rust Never Sleeps (1979). He was also a part-time member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, with whom he recorded the chart-topping 1970 album Déjà Vu.

Neil Young, born on November 12, 1945, is a Canadian artist who has been unable to do without music since the end of the 60s and who produces more as he gets older. He influenced great artists and bands such as Kurt Cobain, David Gilmour, Oasis, and U2, and made Neil Young play and sing in his concerts. The musician uses the harmonica skillfully and has a unique guitar playing. He has produced songs in most branches of the rock genre, as well as acoustic pieces. Frankly, it is difficult to choose which of their songs is more perfect, both acoustic and hard rock.

In addition to the legendary songs he has made, the huge concerts he has given, and the many albums he has released over the years, he is also known for his philanthropy. Until this year, they were organizing concert events for the charity organization called The Bridge School Benefit, which he runs with his wife Peri Young. Very big names were attending these concerts. These charity concerts were last held in 2016, and unfortunately, on July 14, 2017, he and his wife made a statement and announced that the concerts would not continue.

Over the past 30 years, names such as Roger Waters, David Bowie, Metallica, Elton John, Guns'n Roses, Bob Dylan, and Tom Waits have performed and offered their generosity. Young explains the reason why concerts will no longer be held as 'personal reasons...' and thanks his son for always being there for him.

In the artist's songs, there are elements of anarchism, rebellion, and criticism that sometimes catch our eye subtly and sometimes directly. Rockin's song The Free World is a criticism of the lifestyle called the American Dream. The song Living With War contains criticism of the Iraq War. Neil Young's pacifist, environmentalist, and helpful nature continued unabated throughout his life and is still as alive as the first day.

While the artist acted in films and documentaries about himself, he revealed his life and his songs became the soundtrack to the films. In the movie "Neil Young Journeys", he himself tells what kind of life he lived, brings his old memories to light, and the composition of the soundtrack belongs to him. It's the same way in the documentary-style movie "Neil Young: Heart of Gold". In the movie "Neil Young: Trunk Show", he again presents the leading role and some sections of his life, especially concert moments, but this time the composer of the soundtrack is Jonathan Demme, who is also the director of this trilogy of films. The soundtrack of the cult movie Dead Man, starring Johnny Depp and directed by Jim Jarmusch, the hot kid of the cinema, was also created by Neil Young. It is said that he improvised most of the songs while watching the movie.

Neil Young has released 45 albums so far. His album "Harvest" is considered one of the best albums ever.

Who is Neil Young?

Neil Young, who released his first solo album in 1968 under the label "Reprise", released his second album with the band "Crazy Horse", with which he was in musical collaboration, in 1969, also under the label "Reprise". If we go back to 1966, we can see the collaboration of Neil Young and the band "Buffalo Springfield". The band, which included Neil Young, achieved their first big success in 1966 with the album "Buffalo Springfield", which had the same name as the band, under the label "Atco". This album was followed by the album "Buffalo Springfield Again", which was also released by "Atco" in 1967. The album "Last Time Around" was the last album Neil Young recorded with this group.

Canadian rock singer, songwriter and musician, born November 12, 1945.

Real Name: Neil Percival Young

Birthplace: Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: November 12, 1945


- His professional music career began in 1966 with the band Buffalo Springfield, which he founded with Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, Dewey Martin, Bruce Palmer, and Ken Koblun.

- He released his first solo album under his own name in 1968.

- The albums "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere", "After the Gold Rush", "Harvest", "Rust Never Sleeps" and "Harvest Moon" went platinum.

- He was awarded the Grammy and Juno Awards for best singer and album.

First Album: Neil Young

First Single: The Loner

Neil Young was also included in the "Crosby, Stills, Nash" trio in his musical journey. As a member of the band “Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young”, Neil Young first joined the band in 1970 with the album “Deja Vu”. The album “4 Way Street” was the band's live album. This album consisted of songs recorded in 3 different concerts of the group. The album was released on the Atlantic label in 1971. The album "Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young", in which Neil Young participated again, was released on the Atlantic label in 1988. The name of the album was “American Dream”. After an 11-year break, the album "Looking Forward" was released on the Reprise label in 1999. In 2006, Neil Young released his solo album "Living with War", criticizing the Bush Administration. While preparing to tour for the album, he invited his former musical partners Crosby, Stills & Nash to put aside their own plans and join him. The date was July 22, 2008. During this period, Neil Young continued to make his solo albums. With 45 studio albums and 12 concert albums, he has reached a number of albums that are perhaps difficult to reach. He released his last studio album on November 18, 2022, under the label "Reprise". The album, recorded with the band “Crazy Horse”, with which they used to work together, was their 15th studio album together with “Crazy Horse”. The album, which received very positive scores from critics, has an important place in Neil Young's discography. Neil Young and Crazy Horse have been together since 1969.

At this point, the album "Chrome Dreams", which was recorded but unreleased in Neil Young's discography, has an important place in Neil Young's discography. Moreover, Reprise & Warner Bros. It is of particular importance that it will be released under the Records label. Because the rights to the songs in the album are owned by both record companies. Neil Young released his album "Chrome Dreams II" in 2007, which was a reference to this unreleased album and included other previously shelved songs. However, this album did not contain any tracks from the unreleased 1977 album.