Neil Young Completes “Archives 2” and a Book about Cars
Speaking to Rolling Stone of his second “autobiography,” Young says, “It’s finished. I’m painting art for it now. It’s not the same kind of book [as personal memoir Waging Heavy Peace]. It’s about my history with cars.
“I told the story of what happened in every car that I got, how my life changed as I drove these cars around. I would discover these different things that I saw while I was in them. And each chapter is about the next car I got, the experiences I had until that car was done.”
Young also has an Archives 2 boxset ready for release soon. “It’ll be finished this summer. All of the music will be done,” Young said. “It goes just past [1979’s] Rust Never Sleeps. It’s full of albums that weren’t there before – stuff I did that I never put out.” Of the albums that Young recorded but never released during this period include the much talked-about Chrome Dreams from 1977 and Homegrown from 1974-5.
Young also plans Archives boxsets covering the ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘00s periods respectively. “The rest will come out pretty quickly. While we’ve been working on volume 2, we’ve been working on the other volumes,” Young said. “I’ve gotten to the point where I’ve made a template for how to release it in the future, if I can’t do it myself. I’ve also done a lot of it myself. The quality is there. It’s a model for how to preserve music.”
Young’s A Letter Home album is released on May 23. It was recorded in a in a 1947 Voice-O-Graph booth with the assistance of Jack White.
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