69 Facts About Neil Young

1. Neil Young was honoured as the MusiCares Person of the Year on January 29, 2010, two nights prior to the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.

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2. In 2001, Neil Young was awarded the Spirit of Liberty award by the civil liberties group People for the American Way.

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3. Neil Young inspired the singer-songwriter Noel Gallagher of Oasis, who covered "Hey Hey, My My" on the live album Familiar to Millions (2000).

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4. Neil Young is cited as being a significant influence on the experimental rock group Sonic Youth, and Thom Yorke of Radiohead.

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5. Neil Young is referred to as "the Godfather of Grunge" because of the influence he had on Kurt Cobain and Eddie Vedder and the entire grunge movement.

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6. In 2000, Neil Young was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.

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7. In 2006, Neil Young was given Manitoba's highest civilian honour when he was appointed to the Order of Manitoba.

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8. Neil Young received an honorary doctorate of music from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, in 1992, and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from San Francisco State University in 2006.

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9. Neil Young was nominated for an Oscar in 1994 for his song "Philadelphia" from the film Philadelphia.

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10. Neil Young was instrumental in the design of the Lionel Legacy control system for model trains, and remains on the board of directors of Lionel.

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11. Neil Young was part owner of Lionel, LLC, a company that makes toy trains and model railroad accessories.

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12. Neil Young is a member of the Canadian charity Artists Against Racism.

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13. Neil Young is currently working on a documentary about electric car technology, tentatively titled LincVolt.

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14. Neil Young is an environmentalist and outspoken advocate for the welfare of small farmers, having co-founded in 1985 the benefit concert Farm Aid.

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15. Neil Young confirmed his marriage to Hannah in a video released on October 31, 2018.

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16. Neil Young married his first wife, restaurant owner Susan Acevedo, in December 1968.

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17. Neil Young lives in Santa Monica, California, where his house burned to the ground in the 2018 Woolsey Fire.

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18. In December 2018, Neil Young criticised the promoters of a London show for selecting Barclays Bank as a sponsor.

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19. On October 19, 2018, Neil Young released a live version of his song "Campaigner", an excerpt from a forthcoming archival live album titled Songs for Judy, which features solo performances recorded during a November 1976 tour with Crazy Horse.

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20. On March 23, 2018, Neil Young released a soundtrack album for the Daryl Hannah film Paradox.

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21. On December 1, 2017, Neil Young performed live in Omemee, Ontario, Canada, a town he had lived in as a boy.

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22. On November 3, 2017, Neil Young announced a new album with Promise of the Real—an anti-Drumpf one—to be released on December 1, 2017 entitled The Visitor and shared a new song from it called "Already Great".

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23. On July 4, 2017, Neil Young released the song "Children of Destiny" which would appear on his next album.

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24. The album features ten songs that Neil Young recorded accompanied by acoustic guitar or piano.

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25. On September 8, 2017, Neil Young released Hitchhiker, a studio LP recorded on August 11, 1976 at Indigo Studios in Malibu.

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26. Neil Young created this album in collaboration with Willie Nelson's sons, Lukas and Micah, and is backed by Lukas's fellow band members from Promise of the Real.

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27. Neil Young released his thirty-fifth studio album, Storytone on November 4, 2014.

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28. In November 2013, Neil Young performed at the annual fundraiser for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music.

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29. In 2012, Neil Young toured with Crazy Horse prior to the release of their second album of 2012, Psychedelic Pill, which was released in late October.

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30. Neil Young contributed vocals to the Elton JohnLeon Russell album The Union, singing the second stanza on the track "Gone to Shiloh" and providing backing vocals.

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31. Neil Young continued his Twisted Road tour with a short East Coast venture during spring 2011.

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32. In May 2010, it was revealed Neil Young had begun working on a new studio album produced by Daniel Lanois.

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33. Neil Young performed "Long May You Run" at the closing ceremony of the 2010 Olympic winter games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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34. Neil Young recorded "A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop" in response to Starbucks' possible involvement with Monsanto and use of genetically-modified food.

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35. Neil Young referred to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper as "an embarrassment to many Canadians.

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36. Neil Young participated in the Blue Dot Tour, which was organized and fronted by environmental activist David Suzuki, and toured all 10 Canadian provinces alongside other Canadian artists including the Barenaked Ladies, Feist, and Robert Bateman.

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37. Neil Young plays guitar on nine of the album's ten instrumental tracks, alongside Drive-By Truckers, who already had three guitar players, giving some songs on the album a total of five guitar tracks.

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38. In 2008, Neil Young revealed his latest project, the production of a hybrid-engine 1959 Lincoln called LincVolt.

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39. Neil Young remains on the board of directors of Farm Aid, an organization he co-founded with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp in 1985.

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40. Neil Young began using biodiesel on the 2004 Greendale tour, powering his trucks and tour buses with the fuel.

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41. Neil Young toured extensively with the Greendale material throughout 2003 and 2004, first with a solo, acoustic version in Europe, then with a full-cast stage show in North America, Japan, and Australia.

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42. Under the pseudonym "Bernard Shakey", Neil Young directed an accompanying film of the same name, featuring actors lip-synching to the music from the album.

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43. In 2003, Neil Young released Greendale, a concept album recorded with Crazy Horse members Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina.

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44. In 1998, Neil Young renewed his collaboration with the rock band Phish, sharing the stage at the annual Farm Aid concert and then at Young's Bridge School Benefit, where he joined headliners Phish for renditions of "Helpless" and "I Shall Be Released".

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45. Neil Young contributed to Randy Bachman's nostalgic 1992 tune "Prairie Town", and garnered a 1993 Academy Award nomination for his song "Philadelphia", from the soundtrack of the Jonathan Demme movie of the same name.

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46. Neil Young toured for the album with Orange County, California country-punk band Social Distortion and alternative rock pioneers Sonic Youth as support, much to the consternation of many of his old fans.

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47. Neil Young reunited with Crosby, Stills, and Nash to record the 1988 album American Dream and play two benefit concerts late in the year, but the group did not embark upon a full tour.

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48. Neil Young recorded 1986's Landing on Water without Crazy Horse but reunited with the band for the subsequent year-long tour and final Geffen album, Life, which emerged in 1987.

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49. Neil Young appeared at that year's Live Aid concert in Philadelphia, collaborating with Crosby, Stills and Nash for the quartet's first performance for a paying audience in over ten years.

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50. Neil Young spent most of 1984 and all of 1985 touring for Old Ways with his country band, the International Harvesters.

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51. The album was notable as the first for which Neil Young made commercial music videos—Tim Pope directed the videos for "Wonderin'" and "Cry, Cry, Cry".

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52. Neil Young was backed by the Shocking Pinks for the supporting US tour.

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53. Neil Young worked with rock artist Jim Evans to create the poster art for the film, using the Star Wars Jawas as a theme.

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54. Neil Young set out in 1978 on the lengthy "Rust Never Sleeps" tour, in which he played a wealth of new material.

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55. In 1976, Neil Young performed with Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and numerous other rock musicians in the high-profile all-star concert The Last Waltz, the final performance by The Band.

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56. Neil Young reunited with Crosby, Stills, and Nash after a four-year hiatus in the summer of 1974 for a concert tour which was recorded and released in 2014 as CSNY 1974.

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57. Neil Young wrote the song "Old Man" in honor of the land's longtime caretaker, Louis Avila.

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58. Neil Young recorded some tracks with Crazy Horse, but dismissed them early in the sessions.

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59. Neil Young played as a studio session guitarist for some 1968 recordings by The Monkees which appeared on the Head and Instant Replay albums.

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60. Neil Young contributed the songs "On the Way Home" and "I Am a Child", singing lead on the latter.

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61. Neil Young admitted in a 2009 interview that he was in the United States illegally until he received a "green card" in 1970.

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62. Neil Young went to live with his mother, who moved back to Winnipeg, while his brother Bob stayed with his father in Toronto.

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63. Neil Young became interested in popular music he heard on the radio.

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64. In 1952, upon returning to Canada, Neil Young moved from Omemee to Winnipeg for a year, before relocating to Toronto and Pickering.

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65. Neil Young suffered from polio in 1951 during the last major outbreak of the disease in Ontario.

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66. Neil Young was born on November 12, 1945, in Toronto, Ontario.

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67. Neil Young was awarded the Order of Manitoba on July 14, 2006, and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada on December 30, 2009.

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68. Neil Young has lived in California since the 1960s but retains Canadian citizenship.

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69. Neil Young contributed to the soundtracks of the films Philadelphia and Dead Man (1995).

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