From 1982, shortly before David Crosby’s drug and gun arrest. Crosby eventually served 11 months in a Texas prison.
This past spring I finally read a book that had been on my “to read” list for quite some time. The book to which I refer is Barney Hoskyns excellent Hotel California, which is an in depth study of the LA music scene from the late 60′s through the late 70′s, covering Crosby, Stills & Nash, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Zevon, Gram Parsons, David Geffen, The Eagles, Jackson Browne, etc., etc. The book deals with excesses of the time, along with several insightful antecdotes that discuss the trials and tribulations of the music industry in the post Aquarius period. The book shimmers with stardust, focusing on the professional and personal side of the life and times of the period’s legendary singers/songwriters and breakout mega groups. Written with insight of dozens of insiders and first hand accounts of what really went down in Laurel Canyon. I can’t recommend this book enough.
From Dick Cavett’s show right after Woodstock and then into 1982.
If you follow the site, you’ve probably noticed a lot of Crosby, Stills & Nash (& Young) lately, specifically Stills. Well, we are going to be seeing them in a couple of weeks and I am beyond excited for the show. I think the band’s work over the past 40 years puts them in the living legends category. They were actually the first band to book and tour a true stadium tour, back in ’74. On a personal note, we had the band at our wedding learn and play Stills’ “How Far” (off of his Manassas album) at our wedding reception, so it has some sentimental significance to us. Anyway, here’s a cool little story about a gift from a fan that the artist actually liked and a nice tip of the hat to Steve. Suite Lorraine:
After buying my ticket online to the Pittsburgh CSNY concert a couple months ago, I was perusing a sewing website and noticed a material with tan and brown giraffes on a black background. Stephen Stills popped into my head. The Still Small Voice said, “Stephen would like that.” I bought five yards of it without knowing why. (more…)
Here’s some really cool footage from ’69- ’70 that catches three likeminded musicians coming together around the age of Aquarius ca. 1969-1970. Crosby was fresh from The Byrds, Stills from Buffalo Springfield and Nash from The Hollies. This clip documents various television performances, interviews, etc., etc. Check it out, interesting and entertaining stuff.
If you missed the live broadcast last night, it was announced that living legends, Crosby, Stills & Nash will close out the GOTV festival this year. Here’s a classic clip of them performing “Long Time Gone” from 1977:
From the L.A. Universal Ampitheatre in 1982. Such an amazingly beautiful and soulful song. Wiki with a little info:
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Haunting song here, performed 9/11/70 and taken from Crosby, Stills & Nash’s eponymous 1969 album. David Crosby’s take on the song:
“That is a very unusual song, it’s in a very strange tuning with strange time signatures. It’s about three women that I loved. One of whom was Christine Hinton, the girl who got killed who was my girlfriend, and one of whom was Joni Mitchell and the other one is somebody that I can’t tell. It might be my best song.”
Great CSN song here. Performed in 1977:
Rolling Stone with the scoop:
Rolling Stone recently sat down with Crosby, Stills & Nash to go track by track through their landmark 1969 debut album. Recorded before Neil Young joined their ranks, it contains many of their most enduring songs. “We were in love with each other at the time we recorded that album,” Graham Nash says. “We were new friends discovering new parts about each other and we had songs. And we had the ability to translate those songs into records that was astounding and we knew it. When we walked out of the studio with that two-track under our arm, we knew what it was going to do. We knew that it was going to be a hit. We knew that we had nailed something that wasn’t really that popular kind of then. It was all Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix and stuff and here comes this little acoustic record.”
Here’s the story behind seven songs from Crosby, Stills & Nash: Continue Reading…