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Published on May 26 2005

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Published on March 30 2005

Product Image: Shakey: Neil Young's Biography

Hit the bookstore yesterday, after going to visit my orthopedic surgeon, since I figured I would need a little reading material for the next couple of days. I also mistakenly thought I would be able to wait until AFTER the knee was fixed to start this book. ...So much for good intentions.... Will update this review when I finish. Also found an interesting site, which I plan to check out this weekend. Rust Radio is an Internet Radio which plays live Neil Young music during the weekend. Fans can listen to live Neil Young songs all weekend long. Connecting to the stream during the week won't work. It's available at: Rustradio UPDATE 4/1/05:

NEW YORK - Neil Young was treated for a brain aneurysm this week and remains hospitalized, although doctors expect a full recovery, his publicist said Friday. The 59-year-old rocker underwent a procedure to treat it Tuesday night at a New York hospital, where he was expected to remain for a few more days, publicist Bob Merlis told The Associated Press. Young had been expected to perform Sunday at the Juno Awards — the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys. The aneurysm was discovered when Young's vision became blurry after attending the March 14 induction ceremonies for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Merlis said. An examination by a neurologist detected the aneurysm and the procedure was scheduled.

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Published on March 10 2005

Product Image: Population: 485 : Meeting Your Neighbors One ...
My rating: 4 out of 5

From the book jacket: "After a twelve-year absence, a real-life prodigal son returns to his hometown -- New Auburn, Wisconsin, population: 485 -- and joins the volunteer fire and rescue department. In a place where men post claims of manhood on their truck bumpers, where the local vigilante is a farmer's wife armed with a pistol and a Bible, and where the most senior firefighter is a cross-eyed butcher with one kidney and two ex-wives (both of whom work at the only gas station in town), writer Michael Perry sets out "to meet my neighbors at the invitation of the fire siren." The emergencies are real, the setting are surreal, and with each foray into the boondocks, we piece together the history of a people and a place. By turns fiery and funny, violent and gentle, Population:485 is the true account of a search for rootedness in a place from the past.
Spent a few of my hard-earned chamber bucks (received for a perfect work attendance for three years--how did I manage THAT?) at the local bookstore. I picked up this little gem of a book, and have just about managed to finish it this afternoon. It's set in a town not too far from here, but one that sounds so much like Tomahawk, it almost hurts to read it. (Although I'm not completely sure I like the description of "a place from the past") I think this one will get passed on to a couple of firefighter buddies when I'm done with it.

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