No danger for Will Robinson here. Creatively, Bill Mumy has come a long way since his Lost In Space role.
Some 40 years later, almost to the day, Terry Sylvester, who replaced Graham Nash in The Hollies, will make a similarly emotional flight to New York City to be inducted, along with his bandmates, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Ever since the early ’70s, when Neil Young’s star ascended rapidly past those of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, he’s called the shots. And that’s got to suck.
By 1974, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young hadn’t been seen together in public for four years. The pressure was intense. That summer, they became the first rock act to play exclusively in stadiums, for big crowds, for big money. Things had changed since the days of The Frozen Noses. After the massive success of his Harvest album, Neil Young had become the superstar and the major draw — and his manager, Elliot Roberts, took control of the proceedings early on. And David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash didn’t have a lot of say in the matter.
Graham Nash and Joni Mitchell had linked up in ’68, before the first CSN album was in the can. For more than a year, they lived an idyllic artists’ life and wrote songs about how happy they were. Nash’s “Our House,” with its comfy-cozy, two-cats-in-the-yard scenario, was all about Joni.
Enjoy part 1 of our extraordinarily candid conversation about Graham Nash’s solo work and the wild, behind-the-scenes tales of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and everyone in their orbit.
Songs For Beginners wasn’t the beginning of Graham Nash’s remarkable journey, but it was his first solo album, and coming as it did immediately on the heels of “Teach Your Children,” “Our House” and the Déjà vu album, it’s part of the fabric of a phenomenally rich tapestry: Crosby, Stills and Nash in multi-colored 1970 and ’71.
Rhino has reissued Graham Nash’s 1971 solo debut, Songs For Beginners, as a CD/DVD set with surround sound and high resolution mixes.