- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Press Inc; New edition edition (11 Feb. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0306809745
- ISBN-13: 978-0306809743
- Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 20.3 x 2.6 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,510,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Crosby, Stills and Nash: The Biography Paperback – 11 Feb 2000
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Also recommended: Classic Rock Stories - Tim Morse .. Stories behind the greatest songs of all time .. did you know the first 2 lines to Wooden Ships were taken from a church sign that Graham saw in Florida?
Henry Diltz also scores with some always fresh-looking work. Among other impeccable photos new to me, in Chapter 17 there's a gorgeous shot of Stills holding his daughter Eleanor, and another perfectly homey, happy picture of Nash and his family in what I guess is their kitchen. Again and making HD a natural partner to Dave Z., warmth and realness set an appealing and friendly tone.
One soulful, irresistible thing about work like that of Dave Z. and Henry D.--and of CSN--you experience it again and again, but it remains new.
What we forget about these guys was that their most productive years were from about 1968 to 1974 as a group and as individuals. All the years after this time, they have been only a shadow of themselves. If you like this book and are more of a Stills fan, be sure to read Richie Furay's book, For What It's Worth which is even more personal and detailed about the early days.
As a CSN fan, I'll always treasure those first two albums as a couple of my all-time favorites. I would hope that there is a live album from the last tour.
I also wish that someone would help Stills write a book, too. I'd love to hear his version of all that happened.
This group, to me, is right up there with the Beatles. Great harmony, great chemistry, great songs. And like the Beatles, they've endured their share of arguments and yet still manage to reach out to their fans with simple lyrics and songs.
I loved the biographical nature of the book. Sure, there were times I would have liked to have known what they were thinking as they wrote/sang a particular song, but I don't think this book was meant to discuss those details specifically. I loved reading about the bizarre details that few people know about them. There were many times I could not stop reading.
The only problem that I saw with the book was that there was not enough material. It can only go so far, but I would like to see an up-to-date version. When I finished, I felt like I could have read 100 more pages.
If you're a CSN/Y fan at all, you will not be disappointed. It will only leave you wanting more.