Although there have been many books and articles written Neil Young, none of them have systematically analysed the music and explained the stories behind much of his enormous catalogue of songs. Neil Young: Stories Behind the Songs is the first book to tell the story of Neil Young exclusively through his songs. Who were the Rockets? What was the target of "This Note's For You"? Why did he sing a song about Johnny Rotten?; With detailed accounts of the writing and recording of his classic songs, Neil Young: Stories Behind the Songs is an essential companion to one of the most important of all rock repertoires.
Nigel Williamson bought his first Neil Young album in 1969 at the age of 15. A former editor of the political weekly Tribune, he then worked as a political correspondent and columnist on The Times, before becoming that paper's news editor. Now freelance, he continues to write for The Times about music and culture, is a contributing editor to Uncut magazine and has a weekly column in Billboard. He a former judge of the judges of the Technics Mercury Music Prize.