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Neil Young

Neil Young’s music and songwriting — which spans 40 years and 34 studio albums of rock ‘n’ roll, folk and country with shadings of blues, techno and other styles — is one of the most enduring and popular in modern times (Neil Young Discography). From his early days with Buffalo Springfield through his solo career and collaborations with Crosby, Stills & Nash, Crazy Horse and other notable musicians and groups, including Pearl Jam, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Devo, and Booker T and the M.G.’s, Young is acclaimed for both his musical talents and artistic integrity. With a major hit in every decade since the Sixties, Young was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice (as a solo artist in 1995 and as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1997). Eddie Vedder said of Young at the 1995 induction ceremony: “Young has consistently demonstrated the unbridled passion of an artist who understands that self-renewal is the only way to avoid burning out. For this reason, he has remained one of the most significant artists of the rock and roll era”.

Young has directed (or co-directed) a number of films using the pseudonym Bernard Shakey, including Journey Through the Past (1973), Rust Never Sleeps (1979), Human Highway (1982), Greendale (2003), and CSNY/Déjà Vu (2008). He has also been the subject of documentaries or concert films by acclaimed filmmakers Jim Jarmusch (1997’s Year of the Horse) and Jonathan Demme (2006’s Neil Young: Heart of Gold, 2009’s Trunk Show and Journeys, an upcoming film from Young’s 2011 “Le Noise” tour). Young wrote the title track to Demme’s Academy Award-winning film, Philadelphia, which Tom Hanks mentioned in his Oscar acceptance speech as an inspiration for his role in that film.

Young has won or was nominated for several prestigious awards, include a Grammy, a Juno and an Oscar.

A well-known environmentalist, and philanthropist, Young has been involved in several causes, notably co-founding Farm Aid (with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp) and The Bridge School (with wife Pegi Young), which assists children with severe physical impairments and complex communication needs.

Young’s LincVolt project, which is dedicated to creating clean automobile propulsion technology for the 21st century and reducing the demand for petro-fuels, successfully repowered a 1959 Lincoln Continental convertible. The journey and evolution of LincVolt over the past four years, including the building of the car and its trip around North America, has been chronicled on film by Young’s Shakey Pictures and is currently being edited into a feature-length movie. The LincVolt Electro-Cruiser is projected to be on the road by late 2011, with Young at the wheel, as he continues to raise awareness of the benefits of using alternate energy sources while making automotive history with an extended range and mpg that has never been attained in a full-size vehicle.

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