Quotes About Neil Young

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Quotes About Neil Young

There really are two different schools of songwriting-American and Canadian. Its interesting. You guys have this history of guys like Paul Williams and Jimmy Webb, and theyre different than Neil Young and Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. All those weird voices come out of Canada. Thats because its so cold here we can hardly open our mouth. We get much less light in Canada. No wonder the writings dark.
— Fred Eaglesmith —

Neil Young sang, "It's better to burn out than to fade away." I say it's better to burn slow and see your grandkids.

— Austin Kleon

And there ain't nothin' like a friend who can tell you you're just pissin' in the wind.
Neil Young, "Ambulance Blues" from "On the Beach" (1974)

— Neil Young

I was not doing what I was told to do. And they sued me for making music "uncharacteristic of Neil Young." That was Geffen Rocords' biggeest mistake, I think. The mistakes all started when I caved and didn't give them Island in the Sun. They wanted me to be commercially successful, and I wanted to be an artist expressing myself-those two goals are not always compatible. I was expecting to have the same artistic freedom that I had at Asylum Records, but Geffen Records wanted me to be a smash, selling millions of records. Most important, Geffen was not a hands-on at Geffen Records. He had other people doing that. It showed.

— Neil Young

I love Neil Young. His songs were the first songs I learned to play, and I recommend anyone who is starting guitar to learn Neil Young songs first.

— Jesse Harris

The press will naturally come and go as it has done with all artists, from David Bowie to Neil Young to U2.

— Kelly Jones

My songs are like cheap Neil Young copies.

— Randy Bachman

I could do James Taylor, Neil Young, and sound just like them.

— Robin Zander

How do I explain Neil Young? Great question! I explain Neil Young as, I would kill to see his acoustic shows.

— Bob Mould

I like a composer called Henry Purcell, and I love to listen to Neil Young.

— Cornelia Funke

When I was in Boston, I was doing a lot of Americana stuff - I fell in love with Ray LaMontagne, Patty Griffin, and Neil Young.

— Madi Diaz

You can say that Wayne Coyne sounds like Neil Young.

— Mike Lowry

I remember the Neil Young brand hitting me very hard immediately. He wasn't an acquired taste. I loved him immediately.

— Jonathan Demme

As much as I love heavy riffs, I like The Eagles, Neil Young, Elton John, Crowded House.

— Zakk Wylde

XTC is my favorite band; I'm a huge Neil Young fan, Jayhawks, all that type of stuff. I like Death Cab for Cutie, also Ryan Adams. I try to impress my children: 'Have you listened to such-and-such?' They're not impressed.

— Nathaniel Philbrick

I was totally romanticizing the idea of Los Angeles when the Doors, Joni Mitchell, and Neil Young were hanging out there.

— Lykke Li

Neil Young played Helpless, and by the time he finished, we were asking him if we could join his band

— David Crosby

Neil Young and Barry Friedman had stolen a Buffalo Springfield sign off the steamroller for Barrys house. They put it up. We all looked at it on the wall and a light went off. That's how we came up with the name

— Stephen Stills

The people who review my books, generally, are kind of youngish culture writers who aspire to write books, or write opinion pieces about what they think of Neil Young, or why they quit watching ER or whatever. And because of that, I think there's a lot of people who write about my books with the premise of, "Why this guy? Why not me?"

— Chuck Klosterman

It would be horrible if there was no competition. It's what people want to see - they either like you or they don't. Not everybody likes Van Gogh. Or Bob Dylan! So you have Neil Young ... or Ozzy Osbourne.

— Kate Hudson

Neil Young is my hero. You know what that guy has been doing for the past 40 years? Making music. That's what that guy does.

— Dave Grohl

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