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Old 01-30-2014, 02:45 PM   #1
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Neil Young - Ropey old Hippy or Genius?

So what do you think?
He's written some amazing songs but he's not exactly technical when it comes to playing the guitar. How does someone make a career out of sounding rough? Or is that 'Roughness' an actual style and he is the Genius who perfected it?
Personally I think he's a Genius and I absolutely love the feeling his music gives me.
What do you lot think?
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Old 01-30-2014, 03:05 PM   #2
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I think he's got a handful of great songs, another handful of good songs, and a whole plethora of boring self righteous protest crap.
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Old 01-30-2014, 04:37 PM   #3
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Genius and he's pretty solid on the guitar. One of the best harmonica players around. Remember he is almost 70 years old now. Not quite as spry as he used to be but can still put on a hell of a show
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Old 01-30-2014, 05:48 PM   #4
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umm both? obviously? he's neil young?
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Old 01-30-2014, 06:00 PM   #5
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Do I need to state my opinion or is it transparent enough?
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Old 01-31-2014, 03:27 AM   #6
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Haha, Excellent !

What I love about his guitar playing is how he makes the really simple stuff sound so effective, despite the rough way he plays and the odd mistake, it all still sounds like it was meant to be that way and sounds excellent.
I also love the tone he gets from his guitar. Just the right amount of gain.
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Old 02-05-2014, 07:50 AM   #7
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Old 02-11-2014, 02:30 AM   #8
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Listen to the album Live Rust and then try to tell me Neil Young isn't a genius
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Old 02-12-2014, 01:18 PM   #9
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Yes, he is is both hippie and genius. One of the greatest musicians this world has ever known.
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:33 PM   #10
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I'm going to have to say genius. You don't have to be technical to sound good. For me it sounds good if it sounds good. A musician can be dedicated to theory, but if there is no emotion I think it defeats the purpose.
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:34 PM   #11
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Haha, agreed!
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Old 02-23-2014, 09:24 PM   #12
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He's written some amazing songs but he's not exactly technical when it comes to playing the guitar. How does someone make a career out of sounding rough? Or is that 'Roughness' an actual style and he is the Genius who perfected it?
Personally I think he's a Genius and I absolutely love the feeling his music gives me.


He heavily influenced the grunge genre and Kurt Cobain. In fact, the exact quote above could be about Cobain.
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Old 02-25-2014, 04:55 PM   #13
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Genius back in the day. Anything recent is just ridiculous and sells just because of his name.
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Old 02-25-2014, 04:58 PM   #14
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I don't see him as really a "Hippy" in the 1969 flower power summer of love kind of way... but a more post Haight-Ashbury fighter for social change/equality kind of hippy.
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