(NEW YORK, NY) September 20, 2011—Neil Young, one of the most iconic and important musical figures of the last half-century, will write his memoir, it was announced today.

Young's book, tentatively titled Waging Heavy Peace, will be published in North America by Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA), in fall of 2012.

World print, eBook, and audio rights were acquired by David Rosenthal, Blue Rider's president and publisher, from Elliot Roberts, Young's manager at Lookout Management in Los Angeles.

"I felt like writing books fit me like a glove; I started and I just kept going. That's the way my Daddy used to do it on his old Underwood up in the attic. He said, 'Just keep writing, you never know what will turn up'," Mr. Young said of his newest project.

"Neil's extraordinary music and his influence on American culture is singular," said Rosenthal, who also acquired and published Bob Dylan's Chronicles, Vol. I. "This promises to be a revealing, intimate book that will provide the window into Neil's life and career that fans and admirers have always wanted."


Neil Young's music and songwriting-which spans 40 years and 34 studio albums of rock 'n' roll, folk and country with shadings of blues, techno and other styles—is one of the most enduring and popular in modern times (click here: Neil Young discography). From his early days with Buffalo Springfield through his solo career and collaborations with Crosby, Stills & Nash, Crazy Horse and dozens of other notable musicians and groups, including Pearl Jam, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Phish, Nick Cave, Nils Lofgren, Devo, Soul Asylum, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., and Booker T and the M.G.'s, Young is acclaimed for both his musical talents and artistic integrity. With a major hit in every decade since the Sixties, Young was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice (as a solo artist in 1995 and as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1997). Eddie Vedder said of Young at the 1995 induction ceremony: "Young has consistently demonstrated the unbridled passion of an artist who understands that self-renewal is the only way to avoid burning out. For this reason, he has remained one of the most significant artists of the rock and roll era."

Young's LincVolt project, which is dedicated to creating clean automobile propulsion technology for the 21st century and reducing the demand for petro-fuels, successfully repowered a 1959 Lincoln Continental convertible. The journey and evolution of LincVolt over the past four years, including the building of the car and its trip around North America, has been chronicled on film by Young's Shakey Pictures and is currently being edited into a feature-length movie. The second generation LincVolt Electro-Cruiser is projected to be on the road by late 2011, with Young at the wheel, as he continues to raise awareness of the benefits of using alternate energy sources while making automotive history with lower emissions than have ever been attained in a full-size vehicle.

Young is also personally spearheading the development of Pono, a revolutionary new audio music system presenting the highest digital resolution possible, the studio quality sound that artists and producers heard when they created their original recordings. Young wants consumers to be able to take full advantage of Pono's cloud-based libraries of recordings by their favorite artists and, with Pono, enjoy a convenient music listening experience that is superior in sound quality to anything ever presented.

A well-known political activist, environmentalist, and philanthropist, Young has been involved in several causes, notably co-founding Farm Aid (with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp) and The Bridge School (with wife Pegi Young), which assists children with severe physical impairments and complex communication needs.

Young has directed a number of films using the pseudonym Bernard Shakey, including Journey Through the Past (1973), Rust Never Sleeps (1979), Human Highway (1982), Muddy Track (1987), Greendale (2003), and CSNY/Déjà Vu (2008). He has also been the subject of documentaries or concert films by acclaimed filmmakers Jim Jarmusch (1997's Year of the Horse) and Jonathan Demme (2006's Neil Young: Heart of Gold, 2009's Neil Young: Trunk Show and upcoming, 2012's Neil Young: Journeys). Young wrote the title track to Demme's Academy Award-winning film, Philadelphia, which Tom Hanks mentioned in his Oscar acceptance speech as an inspiration for his role in that film.

Young has won or was nominated multiple times for several prestigious awards, including the Grammys, the Junos and the Academy Awards.

A passionate train and car enthusiast, Young was instrumental in the design of the Lionel Legacy control system and Lionel Railsounds for Lionel model trains and has been named as co-inventor on several U.S. Patents related to model trains, sound systems, and automobiles.

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Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), was launched in January 2011 and publishes an eclectic mix of hardcover fiction and nonfiction titles, reflecting President and Publisher David Rosenthal's wide range of interests, including suspense fiction, popular biography, literary novels, humor, music, and contemporary politics.

The Blue Rider, or in German, "Der Blaue Reiter," was an iconoclastic 20th Century movement in music and painting now seen as a driving force of modern art. Established in Munich, Germany in 1911, The Blue Rider was a loose association of painters determined to promote individual expression and break free of any conventional artistic restraints.


Penguin Group (USA) Inc. is the U.S. member of the internationally renowned Penguin Group. Penguin Group (USA) is one of the leading U.S. adult and children's trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and trademarks, including Viking, G. P. Putnam's Sons, The Penguin Press, Riverhead Books, Dutton, Penguin Books, Berkley Books, Gotham Books, Portfolio, New American Library, Plume, Tarcher, Philomel, Grosset & Dunlap, Puffin, and Frederick Warne, among others. The Penguin Group ( is part of Pearson plc, the international media company.



Aileen Boyle
Associate Publisher, Director of Marketing and Publicity
Blue Rider Press