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By Dave Zimmer

Crosby, Stills & Nash created essentially the most indelible songs and lovely harmonies of the overdue Sixties and early Nineteen Seventies: “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” “Woodstock,” “Teach Your Children.” This copiously illustrated account of the trio's own and musical background tells the tale at the back of the songs. Longtime CSN chronicler Dave Zimmer, with the total cooperation of the band, strains all the performers from their musical roots to their first tune jointly in L.A.'s storied Laurel Canyon; from their addition of Neil younger to Woodstock; and during their stormy years of artistic conflicts, reunions, and reconciliations. This re-creation has been totally reconfigured and up-to-date to have a good time the trio's fortieth anniversary and to house over three hundred photographs, in addition to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's debatable Living with War tour.

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They decided to skip work in favor of the contest and ended up winning the competition with a two-part-harmony version of Conway Twitty’s “It’s Only Make Believe” (later recorded by the Hollies). The thrill of victory dwindled, though, when Graham and Allan returned to work the next day and got called out on the carpet by their boss. Clarke recalls, “For some reason, Graham was retained, but I got fired. ” Nash subsequently lost his job, as well, a short time later, for playing rock ’n’ roll records at the company Christmas party.

Stephen was a musician and, even then, was always on the lookout for players with whom he could jam. ” St. Leo’s Prep School, Florida. ) “Because I wanted to play with everyone, I learned to adapt myself to whatever styles were running around,” Stephen says. “I always wanted to fit, so I was always, I guess, a fairly decent mimic. Peter, Paul, and Mary, blues stuff—that was pretty popular. And then there was all of this rockabilly shit, fake black music, which I hated as a kid. Bill Haley and the Comets were basically jive around my school.

My uncle grew peaches. So I would take this Massey-Ferguson tractor out between the trees and sing as loud and as hard as I could. My aunt said she could hear me from back at the house, over the noise of the tractor. ” Stephen Stills, age fifteen. ) Stephen got his first formal vocal training a couple of years later, when he joined the chorus at St. Leo’s Benedictine Monastery. “I had a very good vocal coach,” Stephen says, “so I could sing lead first baritone, lead second baritone, and sometimes attempt a tenor part.

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