Neil Young is a Canadian musician who has had a successful career spanning four decades. He first came to fame in the late 1960s as a member of the band Buffalo Springfield, and later as a member of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. After this, he began embarking on a solo career, although often recording with the band Crazy Horse, as well as recording an album with fellow Buffalo Springfield and CSN&Y member Stephen Stills under the name The Stills-Young Band.
Although much of Young's early solo work is undeniably folk-influenced, he has experienced with many different musical genres, including industrial, country music, rockabilly and grunge rock. (Young is often referred to as the "godfather of grunge" due to his influence on the grunge movement.)
Lynyrd Skynyrd's song "Sweet Home Alabama" was in response to Neil Young putting down southerners in one of his songs, "Southern Man".
Young has strong liberal political views. In 2006, he released an album, Living with War, which included a song called "Let's Impeach The President". The first line of that song is "Let's impeach the president for lying and leading our country into war." Another controversial line in the song is "What if Al Qaeda blew up the levees? Would New Orleans have been safer that way?"