At the tail end of a New York Times conversation with rock musician Neil Young lies a snippet on one of his latest personal challenges - to write his autobiography sans drugs or alcohol.
"I did it for 40 years," he said. "Now I want to see what it's like to not do it. It's just a
Waging Heavy Peace
That's the lead, but in truth, the rest of the essay provides much contextual background.
There's insight into what Young's time and money went towards over the years -- classic motors, filmmaking, a school for handicapped children, business ventures developing a high-end automobile sound system and a model train set company -- and a reminder of the the artist's own musical journey and the health issues that contributed to abstention from recreational drugs.
Waging Heavy Peace is due for release on September 25; not long after, The Who's frontman Pete Townsend has Who I Am and Kenny Rogers has Luck or Something Like It publishing early October.