Published Sep 27, 2012Back in 1994, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain quoted Neil Young's "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)" in his suicide note by writing, "It's better to burn out than to fade away." Understandably, Cobain's allusion had a profound impact on Young, who discusses the tragic tribute in his new memoir, Waging Heavy Peace.
As NME points out, Young writes in the book, "When he died and left that note, it struck a deep chord inside of me. It fucked with me."
Young apparently goes on to reveal that he had been attempting to contacting the Nirvana singer in the lead-up to his death. "I, coincidentally, had been trying to reach him through our offices to tell him that I thought he was great and he should do exactly what he thought he should do and fuck everybody else"
Last year, R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe told a similar story. Shortly before Cobain's death, Stipe had proposed a collaboration and even sent a driver to pick up Cobain, who refused to come.
Waging Heavy Peace is out now via Blue Rider Press.
In other Neil Young news, he and Crazy Horse will release their album Psychedelic Pill on October 30, with a vinyl release following on November 23.