Against All Odds

Jun 9, 2011

This week it’s stories about artists with diseases, disabilities and injuries who have had great success in the music biz. From Beethoven to Def Leppard with stops in between at Django Reinhardt and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

Our “poster boy” is Neil Young, who overcame childhood polio, later developed epilepsy, diabetes, and more recently suffered a brain aneurysm. And he survived the 1960’s.

He once wrote “It’s better to burn out than fade away”.

He’s not doing either, still making records and touring.

Here are some quotes attributed to Neil Young:

As you go through life, you've got to see the valleys as well as the peaks.

The '60s was one of the first times the power of music was used by a generation to bind them together.

I totally have no other talent and I would be totally out of work if I did anything else.

Remember when you used to watch TV in the Sixties and you'd see Perry Como in a cashmere sweater?      That's what rock'n'roll is becoming. It's your parents' music.

Well, you know what they say...

My my, hey hey Rock and roll is here to stay