Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: The Wild, Definitive Saga of Rock's Greatest Supergroup

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: The Wild, Definitive Saga of Rock's Greatest Supergroup

by David Browne

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"In what is the most comprehensive biography of the group to date, Browne compiles a fun and fast-paced music history.... an authoritative chronicle." --Publishers Weekly

The first and most complete narrative biography of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, by acclaimed music journalist and Rolling Stone senior writer David Browne

Even in the larger-than-life world of rock and roll, it was hard to imagine four more different men. David Crosby, the opinionated hippie guru. Stephen Stills, the perpetually driven musician. Graham Nash, the tactful pop craftsman. Neil Young, the creatively restless loner. But together, few groups were as in sync with their times as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Starting with the original trio's landmark 1969 debut album, the group embodied much about its era: communal musicmaking, protest songs that took on the establishment and Richard Nixon, and liberal attitudes toward partners and lifestyles. Their group or individual songs--"Wooden Ships," "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," "After the Gold Rush," "For What It's Worth" (with Stills and Young's Buffalo Springfield), "Love the One You're With," "Long Time Gone," "Just a Song Before I Go," "Southern Cross"--became the soundtrack of a generation.

But their story would rarely be as harmonious as their legendary and influential vocal blend. In the years that followed, these four volatile men would continually break up, reunite, and disband again--all against a backdrop of social and musical change, recurring disagreements and jealousies, and self-destructive tendencies that threatened to cripple them both as a group and as individuals.

In Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: The Wild, Definitive Saga of Rock's Greatest Supergroup, longtime music journalist and Rolling Stone writer David Browne presents the ultimate deep dive into rock and roll's most musical and turbulent brotherhood on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. Featuring exclusive interviews with David Crosby and Graham Nash along with band members, colleagues, fellow superstars, former managers, employees, and lovers-and with access to unreleased music and documents--Browne takes readers backstage and onstage, into the musicians' homes, recording studios, and psyches, to chronicle the creative and psychological ties that have bound these men together--and sometimes torn them apart. This is the sweeping story of rock's longest-running, most dysfunctional, yet pre-eminent musical family, delivered with the epic feel their story rightly deserves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306922640
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 29,417
File size: 33 MB
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About the Author

David Browne is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and Men's Journal and is the author of So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead and Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970 as well as biographies of Sonic Youth and Jeff and Tim Buckley. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Spin, The New Republic, and other outlets. He lives in Manhattan.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part 1 The Garden

1 Early Years-December 1968 3

2 January 1969-December 1969 39

3 January 1970-January 1971 81

Part 2 Many-Colored Beasts

4 February 1971-March 1973 115

5 April 1973-December 1974 146

6 February 1975-August 1978 181

Part 3 Wasted on the Way

7 January 1979-November 1982 225

8 March 1983-December 1985 256

9 January 1986-December 1988 282

10 December 1988-November 1994 310

Part 4 On the Way Home

11 April 1995-April 2000 337

12 May 2001-September 2006 366

18 January 2008-September 2018 390

Acknowledgments 419

Bibliography 422

Source Notes 423

Index 452

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