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Songs for the road: through his music and his classic car collection Neil Young hopes to escape his childhood traumas

In a review of Special Deluxe, not much is given away about Neil Young — except that he toured with his band in a souped-up hearse named ‘Mort’

22 November 2014

9:00 AM

22 November 2014

9:00 AM

Special Deluxe Neil Young

Penguin, pp.384, £25, ISBN: 9780241006894

Why do people talk about ‘experimenting’ with drugs when mostly they just mean that they’re doing them? Perhaps, as I write this, I should experiment with a glass of beer.

In any case, one day back in the 1970s — when rock stars were particularly prone to experimentation — Bob Dylan dropped in on Neil Young, who played him a song detailing his extensive drug-related experiments (with grass, cocaine and amphetamines).

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