O.K. Rev Bobert ,my friend ,here's the beef about Neil Young's path choices to musical notoriety. It always eminated from his sense of the he should be "the lone star".
No enlarged egos are nothing new to the music world celebrity and certainly the mother's milk of rockers. Steven Stills was as ego-driven when he decided he needed a better vehicle than Neil Young's launch pad to sucess, Buffalo Springfield , which caused Stills to want to create what became the "Cream" of folk-rock with another ego ofrom a similar success vehicle, David Crosby from "the Byrds".
Let me first point out that it took the artistic humility , and superior singing/harmony arranging talent of Graham Nash to alloy these twin yanks to make it work. Neil young;s "Crazy Horse" couldn't even see, let alone come close to the success of CNY ( Gee, was NY invited to Woodstock. His loss ).
Enter CSNY and "Deja Vu" along with the triple live album "4 Way Street". That combination became as influentially successful as was "the Police" in the 80's and, like "The Police",
Neil young belived he was "Sting", and decided that a solo career was best suited to his artistic "needs".
Unfortunately he never again acheived that white heat that he claims he has no interest in. Now all I ever see of him is repeat performances of his angry film concert "Rust Never Sleeps ( No , it just rusts Neil ;-)
Along the way he has definitely developed indisputable signs of substance abuse burnout and all I ever see lately is his trying be the aging grunge sage ; perhaps the "original" one before grunge was even common coinage, stamping his feet with what looks everything like thowing-a-bloody-fit "tantrum rock" to prove he till matters.
I'm sure he does to some tastes. Wish he would do an all accoustic album ( like Springsteen occasionaly does ) and do the "unplugged" treatment again. If he's so hell-fired up about getting out his message and ,thus, be known for his writing he just looks like he's aping the thrash-grunge brats of rock flogging the impression that , like col Kurtz in "Apocalypse Now",
"these are all his children ,man" and ,like Col Kurtz ,NY probably " would rather go out like soldier ( die on stage ) rather than waste away like some rag-assed renegade".
He's proven that he's free to "do" whatever the hell he wants, but whether he acheives the level of recognition that he wants in the way he continually choses to go about it , well then perhaps it will take something as dramatic as his passing...."in performance"...to get there.
His one-note guitar solos certainly fit right inwith what passes for guitar virtuosity nowadays so I guess this porves if you do what is your signature long enough sooner or later it fits into the market.
BTW: My personal favorite work of his was "Country Girl" on Deja Vu and with all of NY's carrying-on as "the angry aging rocker" he could never come close to the legacy of legitimacy of ,say , the Who whom were always a collaborative , not "Solo" , effort .
So I s'pose that shows a wee more of where I'm coming from.