6. He's a huge hockey fan
He grew up in a hockey household: his father, Scott Young, was a sportswriter and a host of the extremely popular national broadcast Hockey Night in Canada. Neil Young was a longtime season-ticket holder with the San Jose Sharks, but he's declared his allegiance to a team north of the border:
7. He's ambivalent
Young describes one of his most Canadian qualities, compulsive balance: "There's something in Canada that teaches you that you always gotta look at both sides. See how other people could figure out why what you're saying is wrong before you're so sure you're right . . . Even the things that I believe in the most, I doubt."
8. "Ambulance Blues"
This 1974 heartbreaker includes a morose tribute to Toronto: "Well, I'm up in T.O. keepin' jive alive / And out on the corner it's half past five / But the subways are empty and so are the cafés." In this melancholy conclusion to On the Beach, Neil Young makes it clear that he can't go home again.
9. He cares about the Canadian environment
Arguments against the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S.A. have generally focused on the potential for catastrophe along the way to the Gulf of Mexico, but earlier this month, Young argued against it in Canadian terms, discussing the effects in Fort McMurray, where the oil is drawn from: "Fort McMurray looks like Hiroshima. Fort McMurray is a wasteland. The Indians up there and the native peoples are dying."
10. Le Noise
The title of Young's 2010 album is a tribute to its producer, Daniel Lanois. "It was a French Canadian joke," Young explained.
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