From playing with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills and Nash, to his solo work with Crazy Horse, Neil Young remains one of the most prolific and influential singer-songwriters of all time.
While many regard him as a downbeat country singer, Young’s roots are in rock ‘n’ roll, and the fuzzed-up guitars of the Crazy Horse era have seen him hailed ‘The Godfather of Grunge’, influencing the likes of Nirvana and The Pixies. Down By the River, from the album, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, is a prime example, fusing laconic verses and explosive choruses.
In addition to exploring the boundaries of rock ‘n’ roll, Neil Young has never been afraid of putting his paper-thin voice to critical use. Southern Man is a searing indictment of racism in America, while Rockin’ In The Free World took a pot-shot at the US government, under the rule George W Bush.