Although the members of Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young are doing absolutely nothing collectively to celebrate the group’s 50th anniversary this year, there are now two books set for release on April 2nd to chronicle their career. Best Classic Bands reported the newly announced CSNY: Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young, will be published through Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books imprint, and is written by renowned author Peter Doggett, best known for his groundbreaking books You Never Give Me Your Money: The Battle For The Soul Of The Beatles; The Man Who Sold The World: David Bowie And The 1970’s; and Are You Ready For The Country: Elvis, Dylan, Parsons And The Roots Of Country Rock, among others.
As we previously reported, Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young — via De Capo Press — is also coming that day from Rolling Stone contributing editor David Browne. The book follows Browne’s other tomes on the era, including the critically acclaimed books Fire And Rain: The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY And The Lost Story Of 1970; and So Many Roads: The Life And Times Of The Grateful Dead.
David Crosby told us the sense of brotherhood he shared with Stephen Stills and Graham Nash is evidenced by how they sing together: [“There’s a kinship there, and you can hear it in how we work with each other, what we do with our voices. It’s sort of like aerobatic stunt flyers flying formation, and doing stunts together — kinda tricky stuff. It’s just a bond, a natural bond.”] SOUNDCUE (:14 OC: . . . a natural bond)
David Crosby told us that it was clear that CSNY was never going to remain a band for very long due to the fact that Neil Young always had several other musical projects cooking on the back burner: [“Y’know, you gotta understand, Neil didn’t mean to join a band. To Neil, CSNY was a stepping stone. Y’know, he intended to have a solo career. He had seen what being in the Buffalo Springfield was like, he liked being by himself much better, he had Harvest ready to go when we were doing (CSNY) and he had every intention of moving on. And all of us had thoughts like that. I knew that Nash and I had something special and I knew that we could go out and do Crosby-Nash anytime and it would be good. It would be really good music.”] SOUNDCUE (:29 OC: . . . really good music)
Graham Nash recently spoke to Face Culture about the rift with David Crosby: [“It would be very easy for me to get into details about why I, I don’t want to do any more Crosby, Stills, & Nash or Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young work. And I don’t want to. There are too many reasons. It’s too complicated, it’s too painful. I’m just tellin’ ya — it’s over. It’s an incredibleshame, because when we’re good, we make very good music that touch people’s hearts and changes people’s minds. He tore the heart out of CSN and CSNY in the space of a few months, ’cause he’s not a really great person. He talks a good story.”] SOUNDCUE (:34 OC: . . . a good story)
Graham Nash performs on Friday (March 8th) in Collingswood, New Jersey at Scottish Rite Auditorium.
David Crosby’s next show is set for May 10th at Minneapolis’ Pantages Theatre.
Neil Young is set to play on May 17th in Portland, Oregon’s Keller Auditorium.
- Within the Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young catalogue, it was Graham Nash‘s songs that were the biggest hits — and money earners — for the group. Of their nine Top 40 hits, Nash wrote five — including their only Top 10 hits — 1977’s “Just A Song Before I Go” (#7) and 1982’s “Wasted On The Way” (#9).
- Nash also wrote the band’s inaugural hit, 1969’s “Marrakesh Express” (#28), and 1970’s one-two punch, “Teach Your Children” (#16) and “Our House” (#30).
- Over the course of 50 years CSNY have only released half a dozen albums as a foursome: Three studio sets: Deja vu (1970); American Dream (1989); and Looking Forward (1999) — along with three live albums: 4 Way Street (1971); Deja vu Live (2008); and CSNY 1974 (2014).