CSNY: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 2, 2019 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
“A must for CSNY fans.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

The first ever biography focused on the formative and highly influential early years of “rock’s first supergroup” (Rolling Stone) Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young—when they were the most successful, influential, and politically potent band in America—in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Woodstock and the formation of the band itself.

1969 to 1974 were true golden years of rock n’ roll, bookmarking an era of arguably unparalleled musical power and innovation. But even more than any of their eminent peers, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young channeled and broadcast all the radical anger, romantic idealism, and generational angst of their time. Each of the members had already made their marks in huge bands (The Hollies, Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds), but together, their harmonies were transcendent.

The vast emotional range of their music, from delicate acoustic confessionals to raucous counter-culture anthems, was mirrored in the turbulence of their personal lives. Their trademark may have been vocal harmony, but few—if any—of their contemporaries could match the recklessness of their hedonistic and often combative lifestyles, when the four tenacious, volatile, and prodigal songwriters pursued chemical and sexual pleasure to life-threatening extremes.

Including full color photographs, CSNY chronicles these four iconic musicians and the movement they came to represent, concentrating on their prime as a collective unit and a cultural force: the years between 1969, when Woodstock telegraphed their arrival to the world, and 1974, when their arch-enemy Richard Nixon was driven from office, and the band (to quote Graham Nash himself) “lost it on the highway.”

Even fifty years later, there are plenty of stories left to be told about Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young—and music historian Peter Doggett is here to bring them to light in the meticulously researched CSNY, a quintessential and illuminative account of rock’s first supergroup in their golden hour for die-hard fans, nostalgic flower-children, and music history aficionados alike.
 

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As Doggett (You Never Give Me Your Money) notes in this appreciative, attentive history of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the 1960s group spent roughly “two of the past fifty years as a functioning ... Read full review

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CSNY: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young by Peter Doggett due 4-2-2019 Atria Books 3 / 5 This book was written in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock. In 1969, David Crosby (ex-Byrds), Stephen ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
5
Section 3
28
Section 4
56
Section 5
82
Section 6
83
Section 7
105
Section 8
106
Section 17
201
Section 18
203
Section 19
204
Section 20
227
Section 21
231
Section 22
232
Section 23
254
Section 24
282

Section 9
135
Section 10
138
Section 11
154
Section 12
159
Section 13
174
Section 14
175
Section 15
178
Section 16
200
Section 25
283
Section 26
310
Section 27
324
Section 28
329
Section 29
331
Section 30
332
Section 31
338
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Peter Doggett has been writing about rock music and interviewing rock stars for more than thirty years. He is the author of You Never Give Me Your Money, the definitive story of the Beatles’ break-up and its aftermath, chosen as one of the Best 10 Books of the year by the LA Times. His other books include his panoramic history of popular music, Electric Shock; The Man Who Sold the World; There’s a Riot Going On; and Are You Ready for the Country.

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