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Readin’ In The Free World: Neil Young announces book about HQ audio


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First it was a device, then a streaming platform/archive and now it’s going to be a book. Neil Young, the audiophile’s audiophile, is making his mission to improve digital audio the centre of a new book that will be out in September. Young has co-written the self-explanatory To Feel The Music: A Songwriter’s Quest To Save High-Quality Audio with Phil Baker.

“The issue of improving audio quality has been one of the most important things we’ve been doing for decades, and something I focus on every day,” said Young in a statement. “We spent a year writing this, and I think you’ll find it interesting and informative.”

Hopefully it will tell the full story of Pono and explain why, despite its enormous Kickstarter success in raising over $6m back in 2014, it currently lies next to the Zune in the great Music Device Sarcophagus (but that’s probably unlikely, although he did say in 2015 that a “lack of resources” was hobbling the development of the portable player and linked high-res music player).

There may also be plenty of trumpet blasting for Xstream, his subscription-based archive, that launched in 2017. Young had taken his music off a multitude of streaming services in disputes over audio issues but his catalogue returned in 2016. We hope he’ll do an audio version of the book in surround sound.

Eamonn Forde

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