Neil Young: The Man Who Fell to Earth


  • Pedro Javier Romero-Cambra University of Jaén



Neil Young, Shamanism, Ted Hughes, Nature, Jorge Oteiza, Cromlech, Fourth Dimension, Creative Spirals


Canadian singer songwriter and composer Neil Young (b. 1945) has been puzzling the minds of his listeners for decades. His work is all about finding new shores and throwing old ways and patterns to the nearest ditch as soon as possible. He finds the idea of repeating himself simply abominable. His experimentation, sometimes brilliant, sometimes erratic and irritating for his lifelong fans exudes a great capacity for risk taking and cliché breaking. His instinctive artistic integrity and his premeditated scorn for the demands of the modern music industry are legendary. This article aims at explaining some of the constants which mark him out from the rest of the pack; not just as an artist, but also as a man.


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Young, Neil. Neil Young. Reprise Records, 1968.

---. After the Gold Rush. Reprise Record, 1970

---. On the Beach. Reprise Records, 1974

---. Tonight’s the Night. Reprise Records, 1975.

---. Zuma. Reprise Records, 1975.

---. Rust Never Sleeps. Reprise Records, 1979.

---. Trans. Reprise Records, 1982.

---. Harvest Moon. Reprise Records, 1992.

---. Prairie Wind. Reprise Records, 2005.

---. Le Noise. Reprise Records, 2010.

---. The Monsanto Years. Reprise Records, 2014.


: A Space Odyssey. Produced and Directed by Stanley Kubrik, Metro Goldwin Mayer, 1968.

Live at the Massey Hall. Directed by L. A. Johnson. Performance by Neil Young. Warner Reprise, 1971.

Rust Never Sleeps. Directed by Neil Young. Performance by Neil Young, Frank Sampedro, Billy Talbott, Ralph Molina. Warner Reprise, 1979.

Silver and Gold. Directed by L. A. Johnson. Performance by Neil Young. Warner Reprise Video, 2000.

Rivers and Tides. Produced by Annedore von Donop, Trevor Davies and Leslie Hills. Directed by Thomas Riedlesheimer, Roxie Releasing, 2001.

Heart of Gold. Directed by Johnathan Demme. Performance by Ben Keith, Chad Cromwell, Emmylou Harris, Karl Himmel, Neil Young, Peggi Young, Rick Rosas, Spooner Oldham, Diana DeWitt. Paramount Pictures Corporation, 2005.

Don’t Be Denied. Directed by Ben Whalley. BBC 4, 2008.

Neil Young Journeys. Directed by Johnathan Demme. Performance by Neil Young. Shakey Pictures Clinica Estetico, 2011.




How to Cite

Romero-Cambra, P. J. (2020). Neil Young: The Man Who Fell to Earth. The Grove - Working Papers on English Studies, 27, 123–134.