Saturday, December 27, 2008

Neil Young's Childhood Home

John Kiernan owns Neil Young's childhood home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The excerpt below is from CBC News.

From CBC News:

When you live in the house where a world-famous musician grew up, it's expected to be a bit of a draw.

But John Kiernan, who occupies Neil Young’s former Winnipeg home on Grosvenor Avenue, never imagined another famous musician would show up at his door.

Kiernan told CBC News on Monday that he was looking out the window a week ago Sunday and saw his wife talking with two strangers on the front lawn.

“And I'm looking around, and I realize, this guy having a tuque on has really great boots on, these sort of cowboy, motorcycle boots. And he was wearing really nice leather pants. And I realize I'm staring face-to-face with Bob Dylan.”

After the music legend and his manager were invited into the house, Dylan asked a lot of thoughtful questions, including about Neil Young's old bedroom.

“OK, so this was his view, and this was where he listened to his music. It suddenly dawned on me, when you're looking at Bob Dylan standing in a hallway, that he had a very parallel experience 200 miles to the south, sitting in his room, listening to his music, looking out his window.”

Dylan grew up in Hibbing, Minn., about 500 km southeast of Winnipeg, while Neil Young spent his formative high school years playing in Winnipeg rock band The Squires.

Kiernan said Dylan and his manager visited for a while before heading off to tour other areas of the city.

Dylan then played a concert at Winnipeg's MTS Centre later that night, Nov. 2.

John Kierman was embarrassed because there was dirty laundry next to the washing machine and the house was messy. After Mr. Dylan left, John asked his wife how she could be so calm. She gave him the deer-in-the-headlights look. "That was Bob Dylan," he told her; whereupon she ran outside, screaming, "Bob Dylan in cab! Bob Dylan in cab!" to her neighbours.


  1. That must have been quite an experience for Kiernan. My brother-in-law and his wife and family lived for a time in the Presbyterian manse in Leaskdale, ON that had been home to Lucy Maude Montgomery after she married the Rev. Ewen Macdonald. On as visit there I remember being impressed by the old pump organ that had been left in the house and the fact that eleven of her "Anne" books were written while living there between 1911 and 1926. But to have met her there in person... now that would have been something!

  2. I was able to tour the Simpson house in Neepawa, Manitoba, where Margaret Lawrence grew up. I had goose pimples.

    I also saw the site where Anne of Green Gables was filmed and Lucy was buried: Cavendish, PEI.


Thank you for visiting my blog. Please come in and sit for while. We will talk about writing. We will share our dreams. Then I will serve tea and cookies. Home made and Gluten Free.