Neil Young is one of those rare breeds that treats music creation as a means of therapy.

Young has often been cited as the “Godfather of Grunge” due to his moody, dark, and cross-genre music. This claim was set in concrete when Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain quoted Young, by saying “it’s better to burn than fade away”, taken from Young’s track, Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black). Along with his solo career, Young was also in the group Buffalo Springfield, and the supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: a truly multifaceted artist.

Young used his fame for good, being known as being incredibly outspoken, most notably objecting to segregation and the racist treatment of African Americans in the south of the United States. The reaction to Young’s support of civil rights lead to Lynyrd Skynyrd penning the song Sweet Home Alabama: a truly inspiring political force. Like Morrison, Hendrix, and Lennon, who have gone before him, his impact on music will see future generations put pen to paper and pick up the guitar for change, all in the name of Young.

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