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Young, Scott.

Toronto, McClelland and Stewart, c1984. 259pp, cloth, $19.95, ISBN 0-7710-9084-6. CIP

Reviewed by Bessie Condos Egan

Volume 13 Number 4
1985 July

Young, a well-known journalist and author, resisted the attempt to write about his celebrity son because he did not want to exploit his relationship with the famous rock musician. He finally agreed to write an article for Toronto Life, which became the basis of this biography.

The author has created a personal narrative by inserting biographical tidbits about himself and relating these to Neil. The result becomes a journalistic account of a personal relationship between a father and his son. Twenty-four chapters are used to organize material about the musician, including a bout with polio as a child, his personal relationships, and the births of two disabled children. His career is chronicled beginning with a job in a Winnipeg bar band, and continuing through the mid-sixties as a member of a Yorkville band, the Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and currently a solo career that enabled him to do an extensive tour of Canada and the United States in 1984. Also included is a discography and a musical family tree that synthesizes Young's career.

Readers who are looking for a biography about a rock musician during the 1960s will be disappointed because the personal information overshadows the book. The book may appeal to adult readers who will recognize the author. Recommended for large public libraries.

Bessie Condos Egan, Winnipeg Public Library, Winnipeg, Man.
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