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Banks Russel : ''The Darling'' (french title : "Américan darling'')
''Nous avons repassé plusieurs fois une vieille cassette de Neil Young, des ballades et des hymnes à l'abandon de soi qui dataient des années 1970 mais qui ne nous ont pas aidés à oublier le sujet sous-jacent '' 
A ce moment du récit, l'auteure retrouve un couple d'amis (garçon et une fille). Le ''sujet sous jacent'' est de savoir qui va coucher avec qui... Finalement personne ne sera exclu. (Patrice)

Boyle T.C. : "Drop City".
Neil is mentioned a few times when some of the characters are up in a commune in Alaska in the early 1970s. Neil is heard singing on a record that's playing in the background and, later on, one of the characters is practising a Neil song on his guitar. (Sharry)

Connolly John : "Dark Hollow" (a crime novell).
"The radio was still playing, but The Band had now been replaced by Neil Young, his high, plaintive tones echoing around the room Don't_ Let_It_Bring_You_Down I took up a position in the shadows by the window. The Ruger felt awkward in my hand after the Smith & Wesson, but at least it was a gun. I cocked it, and waited. 'It's only castles burning. I heard him on the stairs, watched his shadow moving ahead of him, saw it stop and then begin to move into the room, following the music. I tightened my grip ob the trigger, and took a deep breath. Just find someone who' s turning . . . He pushed the door open with his foot, waited a moment, then darted fully into the bedroom, his shotgun raised. I swallwed once, then exhaled. And you will come around.' " (Alex)

Crumley James : --
A book references to Buffalo Springfield. (Raymond)

Deitz Tom : "Soulsmith".
In the opening chapter of "Soulsmith", Tom Deitz writes about a man who is in prison. He has a radio and can listen to a classic rock station. He has worked out a system of interpreting each song as though it were a tarot card. He listens to sequences of twelve songs as though they were the cards in a spread. One of the songs mentioned was a neil tune, I believe it was "Southern Man" which would make sense since all these stories are set in Georgia. (Melanthe)

Dufy Stella : "Fresh Flesh"
"She walked up the last four stairs to the flat, fumbled in her zipped pocket for her house keys, managed to drop them almost immediately, bent down to pick them up again, ripped the wailing Neil Young from her ears and heard the phone ringing from inside."

Ferlinghetti Lawrence : --
In book of poems with a long, loose poem with Neil Young at the center. Lawrence Ferlinghetti, one of the grandpappies of the beat movement. (Paco)

Gorman Ed : "Famous Blue Raincoat".
There is a story in "Famous Blue Raincoat" that mentions Neil. (Raymond)

Harrison Jim : ''Dalva''
Je suis persuadé qu'il évoque Neil Young dans un (ou plusieurs) de ses livres. Dans ''Dalva'' , il précise à propos du nom Crazy Horse :
"Crazy, ''fou'', ''cinglé'' est un terme contemporain et vulgaire ; le nom de ce chef indien signifie en réalité ''Cheval enchanté'' ou ''magique'', à vrai dire quelque chose de plus que ces trois adjectifs."" (Patrice)
(C'est Dalva qui parle) ''J'avais réfléchi aux paroles d'une chanson qui était passée à la radio alors que j'entrais dans l'allée. Neil Young y parlait d'''un mineur à la recherche d'un Coeur d'Or''. J'avais déjà entendu plusieurs fois cette chanson qui m'avait toujours mise mal à l'aise.''
Elle explique ensuite l'avoir beaucoup entendu au cours d'un séjour tragique à Key West. Elle conclut : ''Cette musique était si plaintive et impondérable que je l'avais bien sûr chassée de mon esprit.''
Voilà c'est peut-être un peu anecdotique. Ce qui l'est moins c'est le plaisir que j'ai eu à lire (et donc maintenant à relire) ce livre et sa suite ( ''La route du retour''). On y retrouve des thèmes chers à Neil Young : la grandeur de la nature , les joies de la ferme , la disparition des indiens . . . sans oublier les ruptures dans le récit , les échappées dans des histoires parallèles qui peuvent rappeler les longues chevauchées de Neil Young à la guitare. (Patrice)

Harrison Jim : --
"All this is the result of Neil Young with his song "are you ready for the country ?" who has considerably wrong us." (Jim Harrison)
"Tout vient de Neil Young et de sa chanson "Are you ready for the country ?" (Etes-vous prêt pour la campagne ?) qui nous a causé un tort considérable." (Jim Harrison)

Johnson Denis : "Jesus' Son"
There's a great book of short stories by a fella named Denis Johnson called Jesus' Son. In one of the stories, an odd hospital orderly takes some drugs and sings "Cowgirl In The Sand" to himself while hallucinating. It's a fascinating book. (Marta)

King Stephen : "It".
"Hey Hey My My" is referred to in 'It'. (Steve)

King Stephen : "The Regulators".
And in The Regulators "Ohio" is listed as a "Personal Idea Linked to a Geographical Settin". (Steve)

Le Roux Jean-Pierre : "Mange tes nems, ça va refroidir - Révélations d'un patron braqué" (2009)
"Il m'a regardé, il a souri, il a ouvert la portière et il est parti d'un pas décidé. Je savais qu'il les entourlouperait. Tranquille j'ai rallumé une clope, j'ai écouté un Neil Young et je me suis dirigé vers le bar où on s'était donné rendez-vous." (p:153)
"J'ai passé un sale dimanche. J'ai écouté de la musique, les Stones, Nirvana, Neil Young, Léonard Cohen, Thiéfaine, Les Doors, Creedence, mais bon ! le coeur n'y était pas." (p:221)

Lyons Arthur : "Castles Burning".
Book called which was named "Castles Burning" after "Don't Let it Bring you Down" and that song was mentioned a few times in the book. (Danny)

McKinnon K.C. : "Dancing at the Harvest Moon".
In the acknowledgments she states - Thank you, Neil Young, for such a beautiful song as "Harvest Moon". (Jim)

Pelecanos George : --
References in book. (Raymond)

Robinson Peter : --
References in book. (Raymond)

Young Scott : "Face-Off In Moscow".
15 and 16 year-old hockey players were boarding with Russian families in Moscow in 1973. Here's a conversation that took place:
"- Guess what, at our place?
- What?
- They've got a tape player. The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young - you name it." (Fred)

Young Scott : "The Shaman's Knife".
In "The Shaman's Knife", a mystery novel, someone plays a cassette of a long version of "Everybody's Rockin'" and gets knifed in the belly shortly thereafter. (John)

Stross Charles : "Rogue Farm".
Neil reference in a science fiction short story called "Rogue Farm" by Charles Stross. It's included in David Hartwell's "Year's Best SF9" collection. (Sharry)
"Horizon's closing in," she said quietly.
"Need a change of horizons."
"Ayup, well, rust never sleeps, right ? Got to clean out the winter stables, haven't I ? said Joe. He grinned uncertainly at her as he turned away. "Got a shipment of fertilizer coming in."

And More...:
Brian K.Vaughan and Steve Bunche : "Y : The Last Man".

["Y : Le Dernier Homme" Ed. Semic]

Charles Burn : "Black Hole".
A character lessons Harvest.
*Ed. Delcourt* Tome 5, Page 18 : Un personnage passe Harvest sur une platine.

Joe Matt : "Peep Show".
A funny conversation about Neil Young between two music's apprentices
*Ed. Les Humanoïdes Associés* : Page 160 : Un échange entre deux apprentis musiciens :
- Ha ha, tu joues encore du Neil Young.
- N'importe quoi d'autre serait trop compliqué."