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Нил Янг

Дата рождения: 12. Ноябрь 1945

Нил Пе́рсиваль Янг — канадский певец и автор песен, гитарист, режиссёр нескольких фильмов. Музыкальную карьеру начал в 1960-х годах, основал группу Buffalo Springfield, был участником супергруппы Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Выпустил более тридцати студийных альбомов, часть из них — с рок-группой Crazy Horse. Характерными признаками музыки Янга является своеобразный стиль игры на гитаре и высокий тенор исполнителя.

Нил экспериментировал в жанрах скиффла, блюза и рокабилли, но наиболее известным является его творчество в жанре фолк/кантри-рока и электронного харда . Музыка Янга оказала существенное влияние на такие группы, как Nirvana и Pearl Jam, за что исполнитель получил прозвище «крёстного отца гранжа». Под псевдонимом Bernard Shakey снял концертные фильмы «Rust Never Sleeps», «Greendale», «CSNY/Déjà Vu» и другие. Широко известна атмосферная музыка Янга к фильму Джима Джармуша «Мертвец».

Музыкант является убеждённым защитником окружающей среды и благотворителем. В 1985 году совместно с Вилли Нельсоном и Джоном Мелленкампом основал благотворительный фестиваль Farm Aid, а год спустя — Bridge School Benefit , которые проводятся ежегодно по настоящее время. Был дважды включён в Зал славы рок-н-ролла: в 1995 году как сольный исполнитель и в 1997 году как участник Buffalo Springfield. В 2006 году награждён Орденом Манитобы, в 2009 году — Орденом Канады II степени. Почётный доктор музыки и гуманитарных наук.


„Пиратство — это новое радио. Люди так узнают о новой музыке.“

„It's better to burn out than to fade away.“


„If you follow every dream, you might get lost.“

„Once I thought I saw you
in a crowded hazy bar,
Dancing on the light
from star to star.
Far across the moonbeam
I know that's who you are,
I saw your brown eyes
turning once to fire.

You are like a hurricane
There's calm in your eye.
And I'm gettin' blown away
To somewhere safer
where the feeling stays.
I want to love you but
I'm getting blown away.

I am just a dreamer,
but you are just a dream,
You could have been
anyone to me.
Before that moment
you touched my lips
That perfect feeling
when time just slips
Away between us
on our foggy trip.

You are like a hurricane
There's calm in your eye.
And I'm gettin' blown away
To somewhere safer
where the feeling stays.
I want to love you but
I'm getting blown away.

You are just a dreamer,
and I am just a dream.
You could have been
anyone to me.
Before that moment
you touched my lips
That perfect feeling
when time just slips
Away between us
on our foggy trip.

You are like a hurricane
There's calm in your eye.
And I'm gettin' blown away
To somewhere safer
where the feeling stays.
I want to love you but
I'm getting blown away.

The song was written in July 1975 after Young had just undergone an operation on his vocal chords after a cocaine-fueled night with friend. "We were all really high, fucked up. Been out partying. Wrote it sitting up at Vista Point on Skyline. Supposed to be the highest point in San Mateo County, which was appropriate. I wrote it when I couldn't sing. I was on voice rest. It was nuts - I was whistling it.

I wrote a lot of songs when I couldn't talk.“

„Keep on rockin' in the free world.“

„And as an afterthought, this too must be told: Some people have taken pure bullshit and turned it into gold.“

„It doesn't mean that much to me to mean that much to you.“

„when we were strangers, I liked you from afar
when we were lovers, I loved you with all my heart“


„Don't let it bring you down. It's only castles burning, find someone who's turning, and you will come around.“

„This old world keeps spinnin’ round; It’s a wonder tall trees ain’t layin’ down.“

„There was a band playing in my head, And I felt like getting high“

„Give a hippie too much money and anything can happen.“ Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream


„I love it when people yell at me about the environment and then I tell 'em I'm burning 90% cleaner than them.“

„A job is never truly finished. It just reaches a stage where it can be left on its own for a while.“ Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream

„Pearl Jam is a band I have a lot of respect for. Nirvana and Sonic Youth I feel the same way about. Mumford & Sons, My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Givers, and Foo Fighters are just some of my favorites. I respect bands that give me something of themselves that I can feel. ("Posing" bands turn me off generally speaking.) It all has to do with a feeling I have about them. That is what music is to me, a feeling. It's similar with people too.“ Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream

„I am just a dreamer, but you are just a dream“

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