Author(s): Jimmy McDonough
Neil Young is one of rock and roll's most important, influential and enigmatic figures, an intensely reticent artist who has granted no writer access to his inner sanctum - until now. "Shakey" is the whole story of Young's incredible life and career: from his childhood in Canada to the founding of folk-rock pioneers Buffalo Springfield, the bleary conglomeration of Crazy Horse and the monstrous success of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; to the depths of the Tonight's The Night depravity and the Geffen years; and Young's unprecedented nineties comeback. "Shakey" (the title refers to one of Young's many aliases) is also the compelling human story of a lonely kid for whom inside music was the only outlet, a driven yet tortured figure who controlled his epilepsy via mind over matter, an oddly passionate model train mogul who, inspired by his own son't struggle with cerebral palsy, became a major activist in the quest to help those with the condition. This long awaited, unprecedented story of a rock n roll legend is uniquely told through the interwoven voices of McDonough - biographer, critic, historian, obsessive fan - and the ever cantankerous (but slyly funny) Young himself.
Jimmy McDonough is a journalist who has contributed to such publications as Variety, Film Comment, Mojo, Spin and Juggs. But he is perhaps best know for his intense, definitive Village Voice profiles of such artists as Jimmy Scott, Neil Young and Hubert Selby, Jr. He is also the author of The Ghastly One: The Sex-Gore Netherworld of Filmmaker Andy Milligan. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.