So Many Questions

So I bought this Neil Young book.

Nothing amiss there, oughta be a good read.

Then, when I got it home, I looked inside at the first page and saw this:

Yup, that’s in pen.

Alright. I have questions.

  1. Is this thing signed by Neil Young?
  2. Is he known to simply autograph with his initials?
  3. Further down the rabbit hole, could this have been signed to Rik Emmett? Am I thinking too hard about this?

Of course, surely there are other people named Rik, but there you go.

So what do you think?

28 thoughts on “So Many Questions

  1. BuriedOnMars says:

    It would be unusual for the subject to sign a biography… I suppose stranger things have happened. The signature doesn’t match the ones floating around online.

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  2. J. says:

    He’s always struck me as a contrary fellow, so I guess it’s possible he’s signed a book that has been penned by someone else.

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    1. boppinsblog says:

      I wonder if a fan asked him to sign the book while Neil was signing a ton of other things. If I owned that book and had it with me, I would ask Neil to sign it. It is about him even if he did not write it.
      I am a stickler with bands though. I only want the musicians that performed on that album to sign it.

      I have seen a ton of fans get new band members to sign albums they did not play on. Sometimes the artist will say they are not on the album, others just sign without saying anything.

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      1. J. says:

        That’s quite possible.

        And I know what you mean. I’ve also seen folks ask for bands to sign albums they weren’t part of. Which reminds me of the time I met Nick Oliveri after a Lanegan gig…

        I asked if he would sign my copies of Here Comes That Weird Chill and Bubblegum, though he was reluctant cause he said he didn’t play on them. I said “aye, yi did… even contributed vocals”.

        He signed them and my Queens of the Stone Age albums (Rated R and Songs for the Deaf).

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        1. boppinsblog says:

          I had that happen to me too. Gordie Johnson from Big Sugar forgot he was on an album (he plays on a lot).

          Also h from Marillion barked at me because he thought I wanted him to sign the earlier albums with Fish. (I didn’t. They were just in the stack so the original members could sign)

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            1. boppinsblog says:

              Perhaps wrong to judge a man from one meeting, but he came across as a man full of himself and we fans were not worthy of his presence.
              He was grumbling as he signed my stuff. I get it, it probably gets boring but you’re not donating an organ or curing cancer. You’re making millions because of your fans and taking 10 seconds to push a sharpie across an album cover.

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              1. J. says:

                Aye, that’s just poor. I dare say signing stuff can get a bit tedious, but it’s part of the parcel… and, like you say, he’s there because of the fans buying albums and going to gigs.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      It is indeed. I dunno about Rik Mayall. I’m ashamed to admit I had to Google who he was. And douly ashamed for not catching it via his Black Adder work. Gah. Anyway, anything’s possible. Neil’s traveled the world many times over…

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  3. boppinsblog says:

    I look through front and back covers of any cool books I see at thrift stores etc. for this exact reason.

    Sometimes his signature is his complete name.
    Sometimes it looks like N(or even M)Y with what looks like a B below.
    Yours looks like the latter to me. I’m about 90% sure it’s a legit Neil Young signature.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      I have multiple customers who pick up music and sports biographies and flip to the opening pages and, seeing no signature, put them back without buying them. They’ve taught me to look, especially after I missed a George Jones once (a customer pointed it out to me on his way to the checkout). I’ve since found Bobby Orr, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Stephen Harper, a ton of Robert Bateman books, and one time a Gordie AND Colleen Howe. Oh, and we had a copy of Paranormal signed by Alice Cooper but it sold right quick.

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  4. boppinsblog says:

    I think it looks like Uncle Neil’s signature.
    When I saw Rik I thought of Emmett right away.
    I know no one else that spells it Rik.

    If it was signed by Neil and owned by Rik that would be soooooo friggin cool.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Vinyl Connection pointed out Rik Mayall but I dunno. As for your last line, it would indeed but I’ve no way of proving it. And why would it end up in my town? Stranger things have happened, I know, but still…

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