Neil Young: Don't Be Denied - The Canadian Years has just been reissued as an updated and expanded eBook.
Cover art for "Neil Young: Don't be denied - The Canadian Years" (Rick Baverstock)
This acclaimed examination of rock music icon Neil Young
early years in Winnipeg, Thunder Bay and Toronto has long been out of print. It was originally published in 1992
by local music historian and author John Einarson.
Winnipeg eBook publisher Iconoclassic Books
has just released the exclusive edition which includes new interviews
with associates and contemporaries of Neil's as well as the addition of
rare unseen photos of Neil with his Winnipeg band The Squires.
writing his own autobiography to be released in the fall, Young
consulted Einarson's book to "jog his memory" he says.
here in Winnipeg that Young began his musical journey playing local
community clubs and making his first recordings. When asked why so
little was known about that period prior to John's book, Young replied,
"No one ever asked me."John Einarson offered up a few facts you might not know about Young's time in Winnipeg in the early 1960s:
- Fifteen year old Neil was the deejay spinning 45s at Earl Grey Community Club dances in the fall of 1960.
- Neil and Joni Mitchell first met at the 4D coffeehouse on Pembina Highway and University Crescent.
Perry Wauksvik and Neil Young rehearsing at Young's Grosvenor home, 1965
- Neil's mother Rassy Ragland Young was a panelist on CJAY TV's "20 Questions."
- Neil dated a dancer from popular TV show Teen Dance Party and attended the tapings but never appeared on camera dancing. A recently discovered photo included in the book shows him standing in the wings watching.
- The Squires once played between bouts at a wrestling match in St. Boniface and on a flatbed truck in front of Topps Discount department store across from Polo Park.
- He was on the yearbook committee at Earl Grey School.
- Following a recording session at CKRC studio in the old Winnipeg Free Press building on Carlton Street, recording engineer Harry Taylor told Neil, "You're a good guitar player, kid, but you'll never make it as a singer."
- Neil's current album Americana
draws its inspiration from traditional folk songs Neil first
experimented with in Winnipeg back in 1964-65. The book includes Neil's
own explanations for these unique folk-rock arrangements.
John Einarson, historian and author