The first and most complete narrative biography of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, by acclaimed music journalist and Rolling Stone senior writer David Browne
"Riveting." -People Magazine
"This is one of the great rock and roll stories." -New York Times Book Review
Even in the larger-than-life world of rock and roll, it was hard to imagine four more different men. Yet few groups were as in sync with their times as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Starting with the original trio's landmark 1969 debut album, their group and individual songs-"Wooden Ships," "Ohio," "For What It's Worth" (with Stills and Young's Buffalo Springfield)-became the soundtrack of a generation. But their story would rarely be as harmonious as their legendary vocal blend. Over the decades, these four men would continually break up, reunite, and disband again-all against a backdrop of social and musical change, recurring disagreements, and self-destructive tendencies that threatened to cripple them as a group and as individuals.
In Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: The Wild, Definitive Saga of Rock's Greatest Supergroup, Rolling Stone senior writer David Browne presents the ultimate deep diveinto rock and roll's most musical and turbulent brotherhood. Featuring exclusive interviewswith band members, colleagues, fellow superstars, former managers, employees,and lovers-and with access to unreleased music and documents-this is the sweepingstory of rock's longest-running, most dysfunctional, yet pre-eminent musical family,delivered with the epic feel their story rightly deserves.
Drawing on archives of folk rock band Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, as well as new interviews with the band members' friends and fellow musicians, Browne (Fire and Rain) delivers an authoritative chronicle of the rise of the short-lived folk rock quartet, whose songs, such as "Woodstock" and "Ohio," galvanized a generation. In meticulous detail, Browne describes the making of the band's self-titled debut album that launched the trio of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash in 1969, and the several hits that followed after Neil Young joined them in 1970 for the recording of D j Vu. Weaving together the careers and talents of each musician (with the Byrds, Crosby's "harmony parts encased each song in a warm glow"; "Stills wrote and sang pleading or cautious love songs" while in Buffalo Springfield; "Nash's high register blended with lower tones"), Browne illustrates the genius each artist brought to the group, as well as the obstacles that drove them apart particularly Stills's arrogance and Young's unpredictability and aloofness. By 1971, the band split up; it came together only twice more to record as CSNY for 1988's American Dream and 1999's Looking Forward. In what is the most comprehensive biography of the group to date, Browne compiles a fun and fast-paced music history.