Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - BOOKS - by Neil Young Pen­guin Books Aus­tralia, $ 39.99

JUST ex­actly what makes Neil Young tick has been one of the great mys­ter­ies of pop­u­lar mu­sic. Now, in si­mul­ta­ne­ously re­leas­ing an au­to­bi­og­ra­phy and a new al­bum, the rock icon has gone from enigma to open book.

Wag­ing Heavy Peace of­fers a world of in­sight into the artist’s rest­less cre­ative spirit and his deep- seated in­se­cu­ri­ties. He also writes openly about his re­la­tion­ships with his par­ents, spouses, chil­dren, band mates, cars and gui­tars. One of the rea­sons Young got around to the book now, be­sides be­ing side­lined by a bro­ken toe, was that he took a piece of ad­vice from his doc­tor: Quit smok­ing marijuana. That, along with toss­ing aside all al­co­hol, gave him the clar­ity to write.

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