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Penguin to publish Neil Young memoir
20.09.11 | Charlotte Williams
Neil Young has become the latest rock legend to sell his autobiography, with Viking buying UK rights to the former Buffalo Springfield guitarist's life story.
Publishing director Tony Lacey acquired the title, currently titled Waging Heavy Peace, for Viking in the UK, with David Rosenthal buying world print, e-book and audio rights for Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Group USA, through Elliot Roberts, Young's manager at Lookout Management in LA. The book is scheduled for publication in autumn next year.
Lacey said: "Neil Young has been making extraordinary, original music for over 40 years, and his influence goes deep across a couple of generations. It's a real privilege to be publishing his autobiography in the UK.
“We’ve read about 40,000 words, he’s writing it at the moment. It’s done in the present and then flashes back to stuff about his father, stuff about his bands in the 1970s and ‘80s and the drug casualties, parts about buying his ranch in Northern California. It’s very vivid.”
Rosenthal said: "This promises to be a revealing, intimate book that will provide the window into Neil's life and career that fans and admirers have always wanted."
Young is a Canadian singer-songwriter, who was born in 1945. His albums include Harvest, Rust Never Sleeps and After the Goldrush. He has also recorded with Crosby, Stills and Nash as well as musicians including Pearl Jam and Emmylou Harris.
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