For What it's Worth: The Story of "Buffalo Springfield": The Story of "Buffalo Springfield" Paperback – 1 Oct 1997
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This proves to be more than just another look at an influential yet hort-lived band. Furay and Einarson truly take the reader inside the life of these musicians, the time and the band, not to mention the music. A fun read, I found it engrossing and captivating.--John Koenig "Discoveries For Record and Cd Collectors "
John Einarson and Richie Furay, a founding band member, look at the history and effect of the band's short, tumultous life, before various issues ripped them apart.--Wayne Youngblood "Goldmine " --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
John Einarson is a respected music history writer with several titles published worldwide including the best-selling biography Neil Young: Don't Be Denied (1550820443), Randy Bachman (1552781607), Desperados (0815410654). John has written for both radio and television and hosted his own series on Canadian rock music history for CBC. He lives in Winnipeg, Canada. Richie Furay was a founding member of Buffalo Springfield and still a pivotal member of the california rock music scene. He lives in Dana Point, California. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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In between 1967 and 1969 they put together three remarkable albums, fusing folk, rock and country; gave rise to the allegedly fiery relationship between members Stephen Still and Neil Young, and a clutch of urban legends mostly revolving around that relationship. Then they were gone and nearly forgotten. Yet in their heyday they were considered bursting with talent and innovation and could have `been up there' with the likes of The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead and so on. Why not?
This book gives you some of the answers, while telling you a tale of five young men (six actually) making their way in the music business of late 1960s West Coast USA. Told from the perspective of guitarist and vocalist Richey Furay, this spares us most of the turgid sex, drugs an' rocknroll clichés of this type of book and deals more with the development of the band's personal relationships and music, within several fascinating insights into the experiences of playing `live'. There is a wealth of information concerning the albums and the songs therein, (and very interesting is the tale of the enigmatic `In The Hour Of not quite Rain' from `Last time Around'). Also there are two chapters on what happened next, emphasising the band's legacy. Although Furay's account, it is not self-serving; honours and smallish brick-bats being evenly served to one and all. And added bonus is its contribution to the general history of that colourful time and place.Read more ›
The author is obviously very close to Richie Furay, slightly less so with bassist Bruce Palmer and drummer Dewey Martin, and it looks like he had no access to Neil Young or Stephen Stills, though - they're obviously unwilling to share their time on this project. So, it ends up having Young and Stills represented by others, or else through quotes from other print interviews. It's not Einarson's fault, I guess. But the story seems a little incomplete, although Richie Furay's emollient nature shores up the impression that you always get about him - a decent guy who has never quite received the commercial due his talent warrants. Young and Stills come across as an often frustrating mix of arrogance, uncertainty, bullishness underscored by ego, but talented nonetheless. In the absence of Stills and Young, this loses a star or two, but I doubt whether anyone's going to do the story again, so I guess this'll have to suffice...Einarson is good on analysis of the music, however.
There were a lot of things I didn't know about Buffalo Springfield and the issues with the band staying together. Neil Young was very difficult (even then) and they also had problems with losing bass players etc. Money was also a factor in the band.
Well researched and also up to date.
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Anyone who appreciates the music of the Buffalo Springfield will likewise appreciate this book, simply because of the detailed rise and fall of the band. Most of us have heard of the mythological meeting of Stills, Young, Palmer, and Furay in SoCal; most of us already were aware of the struggles the band went through trying to break into the popular music world of the mid-60s. Not all of us, though, have been privvy to the internal hassles and love/hate relationships experienced by the bandmates, all of which seems to be described here by the author and Richie Furay.
Some of the information gets repititive, especially Furay's continuous remarks about "the family," the original five members of the band and how, when things were falling apart and replacement members were brought in to cover for the likes of Palmer, Young and drummer Dewey Martin, the sense of family no longer existed for him. On the other hand, Furay seems to have worked harder than any of the others to keep the Springfield going, even after it all seemed a bust.
What comes across the most pointedly is the amazing connections in the music world that developed as a result of the Buffalo Springfield's influence, many of which continue to this day. Truly a musical phenomenon in their time, the Buffalo Springfield's recordings are as important today as they were 35+ years ago.
This book gives a great history of not only the band, but inside the men who made this short lived, but significant band in music history. This book just proves further that Buffalo Springfield is really where it all began.
Another great thing is that you get to know more about musicians like Bruce Palmer and Dewey Martin. It's easy to find information on Neil, Steve, Richie.. but Bruce and Dewey are less accessible.
The book covers, but does not go into depth on what the band members do after Buffalo Springfield, and that's a good thing. Afterall, it is "The Story of Buffalo Springfield".
I gave it 4 stars, not because of the content or writing. It is because the one enigma in the band, the one member who left numerous times and essentially made it impossible for the band to continue, Neil Young, did not contribute his thoughts and memories.
Overall, a great read. I learned a lot, and enjoyed it from cover to cover.
I must say that Richie Furay and John Einarson do an excellent job of portraying the ups, downs, turbulence, success, and rivalries that are wound into this narrative. I really get the sense that they treat the characters involved with a great deal of sensitivity and respect. The account has a great deal of objectivity while still capturing subjective perspectives to give it a very personal feel.
It is very apparent that a great deal of care has been taken and a lot of careful research carried out in order to compile this book. Parts of it are rather repetitive, but it remains a very valuable resource in the history of popular music in the 1960s, 1970s, and onward. Buffalo Springfield would only last a couple of years, but they would have a great impact on popular music to this very day, especially in light of what would come out of the careers of Young, Stills, Crosby, and Furay. Along with being a fine book, this title also covers a band that is very critical in understanding the history of rock, folk rock, and other popular musical currents.