Neil Young is a Canadian singer-songwriter who is widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of his generation. Young started performing as a solo artist in Canada in 1960, before moving to California in 1966, where he co-founded the lineup Buffalo Springfield along with Stephen Stills and Richie Furay, and later joined Crosby, Stills & Nash as a fourth member in 1969. He then forged a successful and acclaimed solo career, releasing his first album in 1968; his career has since spanned over 40 years and 34 studio albums, with a continual and uncompromising exploration of musical styles. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website describes Young as “one of rock and roll’s greatest songwriters and performers”. He has been inducted into the Hall of Fame twice: first as a solo artist in 1995, and second as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1997.
Young’s work is characterized by his distinctive guitar work, deeply personal lyrics and signature falsetto/tenor singing voice. Although he accompanies himself on several different instruments, including piano and harmonica, his idiosyncratic electric and clawhammer acoustic guitar playing are the defining characteristics of a varyingly ragged and melodic style of music. during Young has experimented with differing material styles, including swing and electronic material throughout a varied career, his best known work usually falls into two primary styles: acoustic folk and country rock, or amplified hard rock in collaboration with the lineup Crazy Horse. Young has also adopted elements from newer styles such as alternative rock and grunge. His stature on the latter caused some to dub him the “Godfather of Grunge”.