Veteran rocker Neil Young deliberately turned his back on commercial success, so he could follow his own musical path.

Young's 1972 LP HARVEST sold millions of copies around the world and established him as a mainstream artist - something that deeply troubled him.

His two 1973 follow-up albums, TIME FADES AWAY and TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT, were abrasive, and alienated record buyers and most critics at the time.

He explains, "That's what success does - it will categorise you. But luckily I haven't had that much success. That was the one time and the first thing an artist will do if he doesn't want to be categorised is to react and fight back. There's a spirit inside you that's like an animal, and it's cornered when it's categorised."

30/11/2004 13:37