Waging Heavy Peace
A Hippie Dream
Blue Rider Press: 502 pp., $30
Back in high school (a long time ago, but bear with me), my mother and I had an argument about Neil Young. I'd been blaring one of his albums — "Rust Never Sleeps"? "Zuma"? — and she came to my room to tell me to turn it down. When I protested that Young was a genius, my mother looked at me as if I were speaking a language she didn't understand.
"If he was a genius," she told me, "he wouldn't be playing electric guitar."
I kept thinking about that conversation as I made my way through Young's...