Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: The Mount Rushmore of Rock

Buffalo Springfield
Buffalo Springfield
The Byrds
The Byrds
"Deja Vu" album cover
"Deja Vu" album cover
(from left) Joni Mitchell, David Crosby and Eric Clapton
(from left) Joni Mitchell, David Crosby and Eric Clapton
Crosby and Nash album cover for "Wind on the Water"
Crosby and Nash album cover for "Wind on the Water"
Manassas
Manassas
Neil Young guitar poster
Neil Young guitar poster
Stephen Stills in 2007
Stephen Stills in 2007
Neil Young in foreground
Neil Young in foreground
CSN at White House with President Carter
CSN at White House with President Carter
Graham Nash in 2008
Graham Nash in 2008
CSN&Y in 2006
CSN&Y in 2006
Jackson Browne with CSN&Y
Jackson Browne with CSN&Y
Legendary rocker Stills with Gretsch guitars
Legendary rocker Stills with Gretsch guitars
Kent State aftermath
Kent State aftermath

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young . . .

Almost Cut My Hair . . .


Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young became the social consciousness of the so-called Woodstock generation. From their beginning in 1969, their music was so visceral and evocative it sometimes brought tears to your eyes - or at least gave you the CHILLS. Moreover, when anybody wanted to find out what was happening in contemporary American rock ‘n' roll, all they had to do was find CSN&Y. That may not be true today because nobody stays on top forever. But CSN&Y's impact on the business of rock ‘n' roll from the late 1960s to the early 2000s is nearly beyond comprehension. For an idea of where they came from and what they've done, please read on:

Growing up in a family of musicians, guitarist David Crosby started as a coffeehouse folk singer in the late 1950s. He said he did it to get girls.

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Realizing his son had musical interests, Stephen Stills' father bought Stephen a Slingerland drumset when he was eight.

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While a teenager, Stills sang Gregorian chants at St. Leo's Benedictine Monastery in Tampa, Florida.

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An old street musician named Tampa Red taught Stills to play the guitar.

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Graham Nash had his first paying gig at the Devonshire Sporting Club (in England) when he was only 13. His group was called the Two Teens.

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Nash practiced harmony by listening to the Everly Brothers' songs "Bye Bye Love" and "Wake Up Little Susie."

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Nash's partner in Two Teens, Allan Clarke, said he was glad that rock ‘n' roll gave them a trade other than working in a factory. "Rock ‘n' roll saved our asses," Clarke said.

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All quotes in this article are drawn from Dave Zimmer’s book, Crosby, Stills and Nash, the biography and Neil Young’s autobiography, Waging Heavy Peace, published in 2012.

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In 1961, Crosby started playing at the Bitter End in New York City. Then he moved to San Francisco in 1962, hanging out with, among others, Dino Valenti and Paul Kantner.

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At 16, Stills moved with the family to San Jose, Costa Rica. This was where he learned the Latin and jazz elements he later infused into his guitar and keyboards work.

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After graduating high school, Stills moved in 1964 to New Orleans, where he tended bar and played music at the Bayou Room on Bourbon Street.

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Nash and three other musicians, including Allan Clarke, formed the Hollies in 1962.

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Commenting about this period, Nash said, "We were Buddy Holly crazy. So that's how our name came about. And right away we had this raw, youthful, rock ‘n' roll sound. That's exactly what I wanted at the time."

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In 1963, Crosby joined the folk group Les Baxter's Balladeers.

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While playing at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, Crosby met Roger McGuinn and Gene Clark, both of whom liked Crosby's harmonizing voice. This was the very beginning of the rock group the Byrds, which these three musicians eventually formed.

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While living in Greenwich Village in 1964, Stills formed a short-lived trio with John Hopkins and Peter Tork.

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Stephen Stills said that when he met Neil Young in 1965, he wanted to be the Beatles and Young wanted to be Bob Dylan.

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The Byrds first single was Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man," released in April 1965. David Crosby said, "I remember the day it went on the radio. We were driving along in this old '56 Ford station wagon we'd bought from Odetta (an African-American singer/songwriter), and damned if it didn't come on KRLA right when we were listening. And they played it three times in a row, man! We went crazy!"

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On the Byrds first album, Mr. Tambourine Man, the hit singles were Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better," written by Gene Clark, who, at the time, wrote most of the Byrds' songs.

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In 1965, Stills moved from New Orleans to San Francisco, where he sold some songs, including "Sit Down I Think I Love You," and then a short time later he moved to Los Angeles.

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Stills tried out for the TV rock group the Monkees, but he didn't get the part because he wanted to write songs for the show and the producers wouldn't let him. So Stills called his friend and fellow musician Peter Tork, who rushed over and got the part.

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In early 1966, Stills and Young formed the rock group Buffalo Springfield, a name they'd taken from a sign on a steamroller.

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On the flipside of the Byrds hit single "Eight Miles High," Crosby co-wrote the song "Why?" one of the first songs he ever penned. At the time, Crosby was a flamboyant character around L.A., often wearing a green suede cape and espousing the use of LSD and marijuana. Fellow Byrd Gene Clark called him "Lawrence of Laurel Canyon."

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In the summer of 1966, Buffalo Springfield's first big gig was a six-week engagement at the Whisky A Go-Go in Hollywood, California.

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When the Hollies first toured Los Angeles in 1966, Nash began a friendship with Cass Elliot of the Mamas and the Pappas. Among other things, Cass Elliot introduced Nash to pot, which he really liked because he said it opened his mind. Cass Elliot also introduced Nash to David Crosby, who really liked Nash's high harmony voice.

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Late in 1966, Crosby and the Byrds went to the U.K., where Crosby visited Nash, who had this to say about Crosby: "Crosby fascinated me. I'd never met anybody like him. He was a total punk, a total asshole, totally delightful, totally funny, totally brilliant, a totally musical man. And I really enjoyed his company."

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At this point, Stills wrote the smash hit single "For What It's Worth," which was based on the riots on the Sunset Strip that he had witnessed in 1967. The song became Buffalo Springfield's greatest hit.

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About this time, Crosby was getting tired of the Byrds. He said, "I was bored as hell with the Byrds, man. They were holding me back. They weren't letting me grow. They didn't dig my stuff. It was a burn, man."

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A few times, Stills jammed with guitarist Jimi Hendrix. Stills said that Hendrix taught him to play lead guitar.

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Meanwhile, Nash wanted to write his own songs with the Hollies, but the group wasn't receptive to this option. Also, his marriage was breaking up, and then Cass Elliot turned him onto acid (LSD).

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Late in 1967, Chris Hillman and Roger McGuinn of the Byrds came to Crosby's place and fired him on the spot. Essentially, they said they no longer liked Crosby or his music!

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After leaving the Byrds, Crosby bought a 60-foot sailboat he dubbed The Mayan and then promptly went to Florida to sail it. While there, he met folk singer Joni Mitchell. Crosby and Mitchell started a romance. Eventually, Crosby helped produce Mitchell's solo acoustic debut album, Song to a Seagull.

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By early 1968, Nash was having trouble with other members of the Hollies. Nash wanted to launch a solo career while he was still in the Hollies, which the group didn't want. Also, Nash smoked pot and dropped acid, while the other members only drank alcohol.

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On the night of February 14, 1968, the Hollies played a free show at the Whisky A Go-Go in Hollywood, and Crosby and Stills were there to watch the show. Afterwards, the three of them - Crosby, Stills and Nash (CSN) - got together for the first time and started rapping about rock ‘n' roll while smoking joints.

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Although Stills tried to keep the band together, Buffalo Springfield played its last concert in Long Beach, California on May 5, 1968.

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After the demise of Buffalo Springfield, Stills made the album Super Session with keyboardist/singer Al Kooper and blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield. Then Stills was offered the lead singer job with Blood, Sweat and Tears, but he turned it down. Stills also played some gigs with singer Judy Collins and folk singer Joan Baez. And, of course, every chance Stills got he jammed with Jimi Hendrix. One night Stills played bass, though drunkenly, while Hendrix jammed with the great blues guitarist Johnny Winter!

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Now free of the Byrds, Crosby worked on solo material such as "Wooden Ships," "Tree with No Leaves," "Guinnevere," and "Laughing." He also penned "Long Time Gone," a reaction to the assassination of Robert Kennedy in June 1968.

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CSN first discovered their famous three-part harmony while working on Stephen Stills' song "You Don't Have to Cry."

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On December 8, 1968 Graham Nash left the Hollies and joined with Stills and Crosby, though they didn't consider themselves a group just yet. Nash said, "The essential difference between us and a typical group is the commitment involved. We don't want to feel as if we have to be in a certain place at a certain time, or arrange our lives to suit anybody but ourselves. If one is into something groovy, and something groovier comes along, one should go and do that. We have all paid our dues . . . . Now we want to try something different."

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While in England, CSN played their tunes for George Harrison and asked him if the Beatles' Apple label would want them, and Harrison said no. Apparently, there was too much bullshit going on at Apple, Harrison later told Nash.

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In February 1969, CSN began recording their first album with Atlantic Records. Stills certainly showed his versatility during the sessions; he played lead guitar on "Marrakesh Express," while on others he played bass, organ or complex rhythm passages, acquiring the nickname "Captain Manyhands." CSN played all instruments on the album except drums, which were played by studio musician Dallas Taylor. Originally, the group was designed to play only acoustic sets.

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David Crosby said he finally found his true voice while recording his tune "Long Time Gone."

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After CSN recorded their first album Crosby, Stills and Nash, they almost immediately decided to expand the group, because they also wanted to "rock ‘n' roll," adding guitarist/singer Neil Young, drummer Dallas Taylor and bassist Greg Reeves. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's (CSN&Y) first live performance was on August 16, 1969 at the Chicago Auditorium.

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A day later, CSN&Y performed at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. After a rousing rendition of "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," Stills told the audience: "Thank you. We needed that. This is the second time we've ever played in front of people, man! And we're scared shitless!" Crosby said they were definitely scared shitless because the entire music business - musicians and record executives alike - were attending the festival. Incidentally, Neil Young played on the band's "electric" set, which wasn't shown in the movie, because he didn't want to be filmed. Among others, the quartet played Young's "Sea of Madness."

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CSN&Y also played at the Altamont bummer concert in December 1969. As quoted in Neil Young's autobiography, he wrote,"We sucked at the performance. It was one of the worst-feeling gigs I can ever remember. What a monster cocaine-fueled ego trip! The music really sucked air.”

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CSN&Y appeared in the movie Celebration at Big Sur in mid-September 1969. Shown on film is an altercation between Stills and an obnoxious fan. Stills really wanted to deck the guy, but peace and love prevailed.

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By this time, Graham Nash and Joni Mitchell had quite a love affair going. They lived together in Mitchell's house, and Nash wrote about this cozy arrangement in the song "Our House." And Mitchell also wrote about their togetherness in her song "Willy."

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When CSN&Y played at the Fillmore East in September 1969, people started calling them a supergroup.

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Tragedy struck on September 30, 1969 when David Crosby's girlfriend Christine Gail Hinton was killed in a head-on automobile accident. "David went to identify the body," said Graham Nash, "and he's never been the same since."

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CSN&Y's first album, Déjà Vu, took hundreds of hours to produce (Stills said 800 hours), because everybody seemed to be having personal problems, particularly with women, and egos were flaring. Stills said, "Getting that album done was like pulling teeth. It was just four cats recording their own tracks . . . bickering and fighting going on. It went from Neil having his tracks and David having his tracks to, ‘That was my idea, man, not yours.' Silly shit like that." The album included one of songwriter's David Crosby's greatest hits, "Almost Cut My Hair."

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The lead tune on Déjà Vu was "Carry On," which was also the title to CSN&Y's subsequent tour.

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In early 1970, Stills purchased a 350-year-old Tudor mansion in the English countryside and began producing the solo album, Stephen Stills, which he eventually dedicated to Jimi Hendrix, who died in September. (Interestingly, Stills had planned on cutting an album with Hendrix.) The most popular tune produced on the album was "Love the One You're With."

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After the tragedy at Kent State University, where four students were killed by National Guardsman on May 4, 1970, Neil Youngwrote "Ohio," which became perhaps his greatest contribution to CSN&Y. Young wrote the song immediately after the event and the group recorded it nearly as fast. Four down in Ohio, as it went. The song hit the radio waves just a week later, amazingly fast for those days.

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CSN&Y became known as the American Beatles, often evoking standing ovations simply by coming on stage.

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In Young’s book, he wrote about what CSN&Y meant to him: “ The connection with our generation was profound, and we could feel it. I loved all those guys. A lot has changed since those innocent times. We are different today. We were not bound by chemistry the same way as the Springfield was. We were all friends, experiencing a phenomenon together.”

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CSN&Y were one of the first rock groups to sing out and speak out. Stills said, "'For What It's Worth' was me going, ‘Pssst, I think we're in trouble.' The troops in ‘Nam took it as their marching song. It became the theme song for the entire Third Marines for a while. From then on I was kind of known for that. Everybody was looking for a political message in everything I wrote, like I was running for the Senate at twenty-four."

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About mid-1970, Stills and Young began their long-running professional rivalry. During concerts they would sometimes play lead guitar through each other's vocals. Stills called this "overblowing."

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In July 1970, CSN&Y split. Stills, Crosby and Young were doing solo albums, and Stills and Nash had clashed over the affection of singer Rita Coolidge.

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Crosby put together his first solo album, If I could Only Remember My Name, using the same musicians - Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, Jack Casady, Jerry Garcia, Neil Young, et al - who also made Paul Kantner's solo album Blows Against the Empire. "The combinations that happened on these records," Kantner said, "will probably never happen again."

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Graham Nash produced his first solo album, Songs for Beginners, in June 1971.

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In the fall of 1970, Stills played with Jack Bruce, Buddy Miles, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Buddy Guy in the film Supershow. By this time, Stills had become one of the biggest jammers around.

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In early 1971, the double live album set Four Way Street was released. The title seemed apt, as CSN&Y were all seemingly going down different lanes on the freeway. In general, the band didn't like the records because they sometimes sang out of key and hadn't done any overdubbing.

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Stephen Stills produced Stephen Stills 2 in mid-1971, and then went on a solo act tour. Unfortunately, half the time he played while drunk. Stills was depressed because of professional frustrations, the loss of a woman, and because George Harrison hadn't invited him to play at the Concert for Bangladesh.

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During the summer of 1971, Crosby and Nash went on tour with nothing but acoustic guitars and some jokes.

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From 1971 to 1972 Stills joined up with the band Manassas, which eventually released the double album set Manassas in May 1972. The band's music was country-rock and reminded Stills of Buffalo Springfield. Chris Hillman, formerly of the Byrds, was in the band.

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In early 1972, Crosby and Nash recorded the album Graham Nash/David Crosby, which was dedicated to long-time friend Joni Mitchell.

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Glenn Frey of the Eagles - along with the rock group America, another CSN offshoot - said that CSN was the most influential rock band around. Frey said, "Anybody who wanted to get anywhere in the L.A. scene in the early seventies just picked up the CSN album and went, ‘Hmmm. Here's who the managers are. Here's who took the photos.' Then you'd go for it."

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David Crosby had a reputation for smoking some of the best pot around. After smoking some of it, Glenn Frey chimed, "No wonder they can write such great songs!"

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In the fall of 1972, the Byrds reunited and produced an album called Byrds. After this new collaboration with David Crosby, his old band mate, guitarist Roger McGuinn said, "David used to be ferocious. Now he's nice."

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In the summer of 1974, CSN&Y started the largest tour any rock group had ever undertaken. They played 35 dates, 27 indoors, and all in stadiums or arenas holding tens of thousands of people. The band's sets lasted over three hours, offering virtually all their hits and some new material as well. But Crosby didn't like the stadium shows. "I didn't dig playing in stadiums," he said. "That was Neil and Stephen's trip, especially Stephen's. He was into being bigger than the Stones. Bigger than everybody. But the music suffered, I feel. When we got into the electric set, Neil and Stephen started competing on guitar by simply turning up. We clocked ‘em once and they got up to 135 decibels. So Nash and I were unable to sing harmony. It was a drag."

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Stephen Stills said the band made about $11 million on that tour - before 86 other people, roadies, etc. got their cut.

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During a recording session after the tour, Neil Young left the group. (Young had a habit of leaving groups abruptly. At the Monterey International Pop Festival in June 1967, he left Buffalo Springfield before they were supposed to perform, and David Crosby replaced him.) About this disappearing act, Graham Nash said, "Neil utilized CSN as a springboard for his own career. It was a very deliberate move and well done. As soon as CSN didn't suit him, he sloughed us off like an old snakeskin."

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In counterpoint, Neil Young said, "When the four of us are together, it's real intense. When you're dealing with four totally different people who all have ideas on how to do one thing, it gets steamy, and we love it, man. I'm sure there'll come a time when we'll do something again."

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In early 1975, Crosby and Nash went back to working as a duo, playing at concerts and on the albums of other performers such as James Taylor and Carole King. In September 1975, Crosby and Nash produced their first album, Wind on the Water.

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Crosby and Nash wanted to prove they were more than just "retread folkies" by being one of the first rock acts to use video with their live performances.

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Meanwhile, Stills was doing more solo work. His album Stills was released in the middle of 1975, and then Illegal Stills was released in March 1976.

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Stills and Young began recording together in the spring of 1976. Then the new Stills-Young band began touring. They did solo material, as well as the music of Buffalo Springfield and CSN&Y. Then in the middle of the tour, Young left, complaining of a throat ailment and a need for rest. Stills was shaken by the news but soldiered on with replacement musicians.

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In August 1976, the Stills-Young album Long May You Run was released. Unfortunately, the fire of their live performances wasn't evident on the record.

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Toward the end of 1976 and early 1977, CSN began working together again and really enjoying themselves. Crosby said, "With it being just the three of us, the whole vibe was different. It was more like it had been the first time around, without Neil. And me and Nash didn't have to do it. Crosby and Nash (the duo) were in good shape. But Stephen came to us, man. And I gotta say, of all the combinations, Crosby, Stills and Nash is the best one."

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In those days, Neil Young was good friends with singer Linda Ronstadt. When Young became infatuated with Ronstadt’s friend Nicolette Larson, Ronstadt warned her that Neil “wasn’t living in the real world.” Nevertheless, Young had a romance with Larson.

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CSN met President Jimmy Carter in the White House. About the visit, David Crosby said, "It was funny, man. One of us, and I will not say who, lit a joint in the Oval Office just to be able to say he'd done it, you know?" Graham Nash added, "He (the president) tried to get us to commit to doing a concert for him."

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On June 21, 1978 CSN was given a star on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame.

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In 1978, Graham Nash published his collection of photographs, some of which over 100 years old.

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The fall of 1978, Stills produced another solo album, Thoroughfare Gap, which included tunes showing the new disco style. Many critics attacked the record. Stills was quoted as saying he liked disco, particularly the work of the Bee Gees.

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In February 1979, Stills was one of the first musicians to record an album using a digital recording system. And later that year, Graham Nash and singer Jackson Browne helped raise money for Abalone Alliance, an antinuclear organization.

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In March of that year, Stills and his band and Irakere, an Afro-Cuban ensemble, played some jams at the 4,800-seat Karl Marx Theatre in Havana, Cuba. Then Stills and Irakere did some touring in the eastern U.S.

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CSN played at the No Nukes concert in 1979. The recording of the concert became a three-album set released in December 1979. Graham Nash helped mix and produce the records.

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1980 started with Stills, Nash and Crosby all doing solo acts. Nash produced an album, Earth and Sky, which didn't sell very well and many critics skewered, though his live shows brought in big crowds.

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By 1981, David Crosby was freebasing cocaine and didn't seem ashamed of it, though he checked into rehab for two days and then left. His solo album was rejected by Capitol Records, and then he was dropped from their list of artists.

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In March 1982, Crosby was busted for possession of a small amount of cocaine and carrying a .45-caliber pistol. Later convicted, he was given three years probation and ordered to enter drug rehab. A month later, Crosby was busted again for similar charges, but this time it happened in Texas where the penalties for both infractions were more severe.

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For only the third time in four years CSN played together at the Peace Sunday concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on June 5, 1982.

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CSN latest album, Daylight Again, which took over two years to produce, quickly entered the Top Ten. The single, "Wasted on the Way," had similar success. Commenting on the band's recent success, David Crosby said, "We're not competing with Devo. We're 180 degrees away from them. There's a whole other segment of the population that still likes harmony, melody, and words that count."

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In the summer of 1982, CSN followed the release of the aforementioned album with the Daylight Again tour. At Many shows, the under-18 crowd could be seen.

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At this point in time, singer Grace Slick commented about the band: "In the middle of listening to a CSN record, I always know I'm going to start crying. Real good music always makes me cry. And when I hear that CSN sound . . . there come the tears. And I'm not being paid to sell their records. I just like ‘em. I also like the Clash. So it's not a matter of just hanging onto the old shit."

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One young fan said, "Seeing CSN live is like, you know, sitting by a campfire and hearing magical stories."

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After being interviewed by a couple of reporters from People magazine, an article in the August 14, 1983 issue read: "How Cocaine Ruined the Life of Rocker David Crosby."

On December 19, 1985 David Crosby surrendered to authorities in West Palm Beach Florida, and then shortly thereafter entered the Texas Dept. of Corrections in Huntsville on March 5, 1986, serving a five-year sentence for possession of cocaine and illegal possession of a firearm.

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While incarcerated, Crosby played music with fellow prisoners and wrote lots of songs, including "Alexander Graham Bell" and "Compass." He served nine months before being paroled.

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In November 1988, Atlantic Records released American Dream, CSN&Y's first studio album since 1970. Most critics didn't like the album; one called it a "snooze-fest." Band members essentially apologized for it.

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David Crosby wrote a book chronicling his drug use titled, Long Time Gone, published in 1990.

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In the early 1990s, Stephen Stills penned the theme song for the TV show Second Noah. He also acted in a Perry Mason made-for-TV movie.

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Graham Nash auctioned his collection of 2,400 photographs at Sotheby's in April 1990. About the same time, he exhibited some of his own photos at galleries in Tokyo and New York City.

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Now free of drugs, David Crosby stayed busy. He worked on a Byrds box set, produced the solo album, Thousand Roads, recorded on other artists' albums, including that of Phil Collins, and did some acting is movies such as Hook.

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CSN performed at Woodstock '94. Gordon Gano of Violent Femmes called them "Woodstock ‘94's Mount Rushmore."

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About this time, David Crosby began having severe abdominal pain caused by a diseased liver (hepatitis). Late in 1994, he required a liver transplant. Unfortunately, the first liver he got was cancerous, though the next one was healthy.

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Rolling Stone magazine ranked the CSN series of concerts in September 1997 at the Fillmore in San Francisco among the greatest concerts of the 1990s.

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Crosby achieved notoriety when he became the sperm donor for lesbian celebrity mothers Melissa Etheridge and Julie Cypher.

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CSN&Y's last album of the 1990s was Looking Forward. About the album Stephen Stills wrote, "There's a thing they used to say about us, when we first came out (in 1969), which was that we were speaking for our generation. And I think we still have our finger on the pulse of ourselves and the people that we speak to. And I think we're talking about stuff that people really want to hear. They've been hearing a lot of music that's about rage, frustration, anger, struggle, loneliness, alienation . . . not much that has to do with what we're singing about - hope, relationships, love, forward motion, growth, change. I think Looking Forward speaks to something in our generation of people and in the people from succeeding generations who love our music (I think) that's going to ring their bell big time. I really do."

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In 2006, CSN&Y launched their latest tour, Freedom of Speech, in support of Neil Young's new album Living with War. On the tour, among many other offerings, the band sang material from Stills' latest solo album, Man Alive!

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On July 30, 2008, CSN performed on the TV show The Colbert Report, with host Stephen Colbert singing fourth harmony (Neil Young's part) on one of their greatest hits "Teach Your Children."

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For decades Neil Young has touted that “old sound” as used to record his music on vinyl records and tapes. He claims this high-definition sound is vastly superior to that of MP3’s and he wants the younger generation to experience the wonder of it. In October 2014, Young introduced his Pono digital music service. Using this technology, Young's device is called a PonoPlayer, which has 65 GB of storage space and sells for about $400.

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It would be difficult to overestimate the significance of CSN&Y's impact on the world of rock ‘n' roll. Simply put, they've created the music that will forever live in our rock-and-rolly hearts. (Ahhh!) It's true, man! Almost cut my hair . . .

Don't you dare!!!

Please click on the link below and listen to some of CSN&Y's music:

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=B80314636947399E

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gusripper 7 years ago

Strong hub ,strong names.


old owl 6 years ago

YOU WAISTED YOUR MONEY LIKE ME IF YOU WENT TO SEE THE MOUNT RUSHMORE OF ROCK AT CYNTHIA WOODS MITCHELL PAVILLION-FRI AUG 28 2009--YOU WERE SCREWED.--BY LIVE NATION,-CSN AND THE PAVILLION --BECAUSE--THE BAND SUCKED--THEY WERE OFF-KEY DRUNK--ROOM WASN'T QUED--NO MATTER,--THE SOUND DIED YEARS AGO.- LIKE NIEL YOUNG SAID: --"WHY WORSHIP AT THE DEAD IDOL OF THE PAST"--ESPECIALLY SINCE THEY WHORED THE CONCERT AT 70 BUCKS A SEAT FOR THE WORST CONCERT IN HISTORY OF 45 YRS THAT IVE BEEN GOING--CSN - IF YOU IN DOUBT-DONT GO---- EVER


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Krystal Paige 6 years ago from Midwest, America

I love Crosby Stills Nash and Young, cool!


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Kosmo 6 years ago from California Author

Thanks for the appreciation, Krystal Paige. CSN&Y have certainly been some of the best for many years, though the Old Owl thinks they give a lousy concert from time to time. Later!


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Dylanexpert 24 months ago from New York, New York

Since you created such an admirably detailed timeline of CSN&Y, you might want to read my hub about Crosby's previous band, The Byrds, specifically the album The Notorious Byrd Brothers, which the band was recording when Crosby was fired! You can find it here, and I would greatly appreciate your thoughtful comments: http://hubpages.com/entertainment/My-Greatest-Deca...


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Kosmo 24 months ago from California Author

Thanks for the comment, Dylanexpert. I checked out your story about the Notorious Byrd Brothers. I must admit I don't know much about that band. Once Crosby left the Byrds, I forgot about them. Anyway, I really enjoyed the clip from "Easy Rider," the background music of which was a tune from one of their albums. You did a really good job on that hub. Keep up the good work! Later!


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Dylanexpert 24 months ago from New York, New York

Thank you very kindly. I'm writing a new hub right now that I hope will live up to your good opinion.

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