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.
In this excerpt from his book "A Devil On One Shoulder and An Angel On the Other,’" author Greg Prato follows the band on tours with Neil Young and Lenny Kravitz and gives behind-the-scenes details about the band’s Rolling Stone cover shoot and the Vancouver incident.
Who’s ruling the tour circuit? What’s going on with your favorite artists? Find out with In The News! Artists featured in this installment include: Creedence Clearwater Revival, KISS, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis, Hank Williams Jr., Metallica, Amy Winehouse, Jack Black, Neil Young, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, Fleetwood Mac, George Martin, Cheech and Chong and more!
Nils Lofgren is well-known as a guitarist and piano sidekick for luminaries such as Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, and Ringo Starr as well as an artist with a far from disgraceful solo career