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Random Music Facts
- The piano Neil Young played on After the Goldrush was later purchased by Eels frontman Mark Oliver Everett and used on the album Daisies of the Galaxy.
- Young's hobbies include collecting model trains (he has an extensive "train barn" on his Northern California ranch), collecting and restoring classic automobiles, and attending San Jose Sharks ice hockey games with his son, Ben Young.
- Young's full birth name is reportedly Neil Percival Kenneth Robert Ragland Young. In the opening of the documentary Year of the Horse, Young identifies himself as Neil Percival Young.
- Young owns a 101-foot wooden schooner, built in 1913, the W.N. Ragland, which he named after his grandfather, Bill Ragland.
- Police knocked out one of Young's teeth in the aftermath of one of the notorious Sunset Strip riots of 1967. Comparison of modern concert footage with Buffalo Springfield (the band Young started out in) footage shows that Young has had extensive dental work in the intervening years. In an interview for Jerry Hopkins' book The Rock Story in 1970, Buffalo Springfield manager Dick Davis stated that the beating sent Young to the UCLA neuropsychiatric hospital for some time for tests. He believed that Young's epilepsy was at least partly an outcome of police battery.
- When filming the motion picture The Last Waltz, Young appeared on stage with one nostril clearly filled with cocaine. Bandleader Robbie Robertson later had to pay several thousand dollars for the cocaine to be Rotoscoped out of the film, lest rock audiences be "offended." Robertson called it "the most expensive cocaine I've ever bought." When asked about the incident many years later, Young replied, "I'm not proud of that."
- Young's tour buses operate on biodiesel. He also owns a Hummer that has been modified to operate on the alternative fuel. Said Young about the latter vehicle in the 2005 Time article, "I love it when people yell at me that about the environment... and then I tell them that I'm burning 90% cleaner than them."
- Young wrote the song "Ohio" after David Crosby gave him the Life magazine cover with pictures from the infamous Kent State shootings in 1970.
- He wrote his song "Campaigner" (originally called "Requiem for a President") after sitting on a hotel bed with his (then) young son Zeke watching the news and seeing an emergency bulletin about Pat Nixon who had suffered a stroke. The sight of a sad and beaten Richard Nixon tearily moving through the hospital's revolving doors inspired Young to write the song.
Writer - filmography
- Greendale (2003)
- Solo Trans (1984) (V)
Director - filmography
- Greendale (2003) (as Bernard Shakey)
- Neil Young: Human Highway (1982) (as Bernard Shakey)
- Rust Never Sleeps (1979)
- Journey Through the Past (1974) (as Bernard Shakey)
Actor - filmography
- "Saturday Night Live"
- Episode #31.9 (2005) TV Episode .... Musical Guest
- Episode #25.18 (2000) TV Episode .... Musical Guest
- Episode #18.8 (1992) TV Episode .... Musical Guest
- Episode #15.1 (1989) TV Episode .... Musical Guest
- Greendale (2003) (as Bernard Shakey) .... Wayne Newton
- Love at Large (1990) .... Rick
- Weld (1990) .... Neil Young
- Freedom (1989) .... Neil Young
- '68 (1988) .... Westy(motorcycle shop
- Made in Heaven (1987) .... Truck driver
- Neil Young: Human Highway (1982) .... Lionel Switch
- "This Is Tom Jones"
- Episode #2.4 (1969) TV Episode
- Warning: Live Blueberries (1967) TV Episode (as The Buffalo Springfield)
Sources: Wikipedia (which has a great article on him) and IMDb