“Certe notti la radio che passa Neil Young sembra avere capito chi sei”. (Luciano Ligabue)
Neil Percival Young, (born 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician. He released his first album in 1968 and has since forged a successful and acclaimed solo career, spanning over 45 years and 35 studio albums, with a continuous exploration of musical styles
As a youth, he survived diabetes, polio, epilepsy. He moved to Winnipeg with his mother following her divorce from his sports-journalist father and began playing music in high school. He also played in local folk clubs and coffeehouses, where he eventually met Joni Mitchell and Stephen Stills.
He first became well-known as a guitarist and occasional vocalist for the band Buffalo Springfield. After the band’s breakup, Young became a solo performer. However, he also has spent more than 30 years performing with the super-group Crosby Stills Nash & Young, as well as with the band Crazy Horse.
Young’s music is characterized by deeply personal lyrics and his distinctive guitar work, even if he accompanies himself on several different instruments, including piano and harmonica. He has experimented with differing music styles throughout his varied career, including electronic music. He has directed (or co-directed) a number of films using the pseudonym Bernard Shakey and contributed to the soundtracks of films including Philadelphia (1993).
Young is a supporter of the welfare of small farmers and an environmentalist and is currently working on a documentary about electric car technology.
In 1986, he helped found The Bridge School an educational organization for children with severe verbal and physical disabilities, together with his ex-wife Pegi . This school has been developing and using advanced technologies to aid in the instruction of children with disabilities.
Young’s involvement stems from the fact that both of his sons have cerebral palsy (a permanent physical disorder, often with an intellectual component) and his daughter, like Young himself, has epilepsy
Young , an avid model-train collector, created a 700-foot model train track within a barn on his property—an idea he developed as a way to interact with Ben.
Young developed special controllers for the train set, allowing his son Ben, whose mobility was limited, to manage switching and power by means of large buttons and controls he could operate by pivoting his head. Those controls later formed the basis for a company called Liontech (in 1995, he had invested on the Lionel model train, a company that was facing bankruptcy, and purchased it)
He lives on his ranch in northern California, but although he has lived in California since the 1970s and frequently sings about US themes and subjects , he has retained his Canadian citizenship.
Young has twice received honorary doctorates: a doctorate of music and another of humane letters shared with his wife Pegi for their creation of the Bridge School