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Neil Young Memoir Due Out Fall 2012

Posted: Sep 20, 2011

Neil Young Memoir Due Out Fall 2012

In light of Neil Young's appearance last week at The Toronto Film Festival for Jonathan Demme's new film, Neil Young Journeys, yesterday the New York Times reported Neil Young signed a deal to write his memoir.

Neil Young Joins the Rock Star Memoir Parade
Neil Young, easily one of the most influential and enigmatic musicians of his generation, will write a memoir, his publisher said on Monday. Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Group USA, acquired the book after several years of discussions with Mr. Young, said David Rosenthal, the president and publisher.

“He’s been very busy playing and touring and making records, and the guy has 100 things going on all the time,” Mr. Rosenthal said. “He felt that this was a really propitious moment to try and put some stuff down on paper.” The book, tentatively titled “Waging Heavy Peace,” will be released in fall 2012. Mr. Young has already finished writing “a good deal of material,” Mr. Rosenthal said. “The intention is to cover pretty much everything — growing up, music, life,” he added. “I am astounded at his memory for detail.”

A long line of rock musicians — Keith Richards, Steven Tyler and Pete Townshend, to name a few — have written memoirs lately or signed up to write them. When Mr. Rosenthal was the publisher of Simon & Schuster he acquired and published “Chronicles, Vol. 1” by Bob Dylan. As with the Dylan deal, there was no traditional literary agent involved with Mr. Young’s negotiations; only his manager, Elliot Roberts, Mr. Rosenthal said.

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