Neil Young

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12 November 1945, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Although Young maintains he had a happy childhood he contracted polio when he was 6 and throughout his teenage years he suffered the disintegration of his parents’ marriage (his father, Scott Young, was a hugely prolific sports writer and novelist). Having moved to Winnipeg as a child, Young began his enigmatic career as a member of several high-school bands, including the Jades and Classics. He later formed the Squires with Ken Koblun, whose indebtedness to the UK instrumental combo the Shadows was captured on Young’s composition ‘Aurora’/’The Sultan’. In 1965, he embarked on a folk-based musical direction, with appearances in Toronto’s bohemian Yorkville enclave. A demonstration tape from this era contains early versions of ‘Sugar Mountain’, a paean to lost childhood later placed on 10 different single releases, and ‘Don’t Pity Me’, revived a decade later as...

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