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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Ten Known (and Little-Known) Facts about Neil Young

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 10:14 AM

I'm Neil Young, biatch!
  • I'm Neil Young, biatch!

10. His middle name is Percival. (This actually explains his often anguished, tortured voice).

9. Before joining Buffalo Springfield, Young was in the Mynah Birds, a band fronted by future funkster Rick James. It's unclear whether he ever told James, "I'm Neil Young, biatch!"

8. His pre-fame pals included Joni Mitchell and Randy Bachman of BTO.

7. He has several aliases, including Bernard Shakey, director of "Journey Through the Past," "Rust Never Sleeps," and the upcoming "Linc/ Volt."

6. Young, who lives on a ranch in La Honda, California, has never renounced his Canadian citizenship.

5. After releasing two solo albums, Neil Young and Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, he joined electric-folk-pop hippies Crosby, Stills, and Nash, becoming the "Y" in CSNY.

4. Young's song "Southern Man" was dissed by Lynyrd Skynyrd on "Sweet Home Alabama."

3. Director Martin Scorsese reportedly delayed release of the 1976 concert film "the Last Waltz" in order to edit out a chunk of cocaine hanging, lugey-style, from Young's nose during his performance of "Helpless."

2. Kurt Cobain is said to have quoted Young's line "it's better to burn out than fade away" on his suicide note.

1. In addition to finishing a new album, Fork in the Road, Young has announced that he's finished his conversion of a 1959 Lincoln Continental to run on alternative energy. The car is featured prominently in Young's new video "Johnny Magic." See it here.

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