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Reading of the damage doneShakey Neil Youngs Biographyby Jimmy McDonough 797pp CapeThe worlds greatest living singer-songwriter Bob Dylan recently gave vent to his feelings regarding the many self-styled biographers who make a living trying to define his life and art in book form They live in their own universe and they try to project it outwardly and it doesnt work he muttered disparagingly as though discussing a bad tooth-ache Usually these people have a touch of insanity and they have to be knocked down to earth Neil Young - the worlds second-greatest living singer-songwriter and Dylans equally enigmatic Canadian soul-brother - would no doubt have grinned maniacally when he read the quote In 1989 Young encountered a San Francisco-based writer for New Yorks Village Voice named Jimmy McDonough The interview they conducted turned out so well that the normally media-shy Young surprisingly agreed to a subsequent request from McDonough that they collaborate together to create a definitive Young biography Young went on to speak at length to McDonough during the early 1990s as well as granting the writer access to individuals from his past whose own detailed recollections would be blended into the finished text Then - probably because hed become involved in something he didnt have full control over - Young started getting cold feet about the project McDonough whod already put more than six years of work into the text was suddenly informed in the late 1990s that his hero wanted to terminate the whole deal Eventually McDonough would have to take Young to court in order to get his book published In the finished text he sardonically hints at the scope of the growing divide between both parties in a section where he briefly recalls a conversation between himself and Youngs manager Elliot Roberts How badly am I going to get fucked he asks Roberts who has been broadly insinuating that he and Young will sue if the book comes out Maybe
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