When talking about the definitive rock stars of the 1960s and 1970s, you’d be hard-pressed to find an individual person with the profile, body of work, and sheer iconic legacy as Neil Young.
The Canadian singer-songwriter made a name for himself at a young age, spending the '60s and early '70s performing with iconic groups such as Buffalo Springfield, and of course, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.
Not only that, but by the time he’d joined up with David Crosby and company for the latter group, he’d already released two solo albums, and would go on to release even more of them with his band Crazy Horse.
Suffice it to say, the man is a rock and roll icon, and he has the back-catalog to prove it. If that previous list of credentials wasn’t enough, just take a look at the songs Young is responsible for: classics like “Cinnamon Girl,” “Down By The River,” “Helpless,” and of course, “Rockin’ In The Free World.” Seven of his own albums have gone Platinum, and he continues to tour and perform into his 70s.
Of course, no rock star’s life is ever straightforward or without drama, and Young is no exception to this. The man has gone through a number of unsuccessful relationships. most recently leaving his wife of 35 years, Pegi Young, in 2014 and moving to Los Angeles his with current girlfriend, actress Daryl Hannah.
On top of that, Young has infamously consumed a number of substances over the years that he’s performed, only becoming sober as recently as 2012, and that sort of lifestyle is bound to take its toll on just about any human being (or at least any one that isn’t named Ozzy Osbourne).
However, in this particular case, it’s been highly speculated that Young’s substance issues haven’t just had an impact on his own health, but also that of his children. You see, Young has three children: his son Zeke from his marriage to actress Carrie Snodgress, and son and daughter Ben and Amber from his marriage to Pegi Young. Why is this important? Because all three of them were born with significant disabilities.