Comes a time

Waging Heavy Peace


Canadian-born singer-songwriter Neil Young has always marched to the sound of a different guitar—his own—with pathways guided by his feelings on directing his 40-year music career. So it’s no surprise that his memoir has the same feel. Waging Heavy Peace (Blue Rider Press, $30) offers a stream of consciousness, as if he’s talking to an old friend, reminiscing about people, the “scene” and the beautiful women, all of which is threaded around a single focus, music: writing, playing and listening. Throughout, Young moves back and forth in time and through different places with a cadence that’s at first a little jarring, like riding in car with a jerky clutch. Once the driver catches on, it’s a smooth ride.