Neil Young
Guitar Techniques|January 2021
This month Martin Cooper uncovers the quirky ‘country-meets-rock’ sound of an enigmatic Canadian music legend...
Martin Cooper

Neil Young was born in Ontario, Canada in 1945 and at 74 years of age is still going strong in the music industry. Young began his musical career playing with Buffalo Springfield alongside Stephen Stills and Richie Furay, and went on to play with Stills in Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. He also played for a long time fronting the band Crazy Horse, which featured Billy Talbot on bass and drummer Ralph Molina.

Neil Young has received many awards including several Grammys and has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice, once as a solo artist and once with Buffalo Springfield. His influence has been heard on many other acts including Bon Jovi who covered Rockin’ In The Free World and Oasis, who often played Young’s classic Hey Hey, My My. He is also seen as being one of the forerunners of grunge, and his fuzzy distortion tone, particularly with Crazy Horse, went on to inspire the likes of Pearl Jam in the early 1990s.

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