Four-Way Street: The Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Reader

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young have been hailed as "The American Beatles" and "Folk-Rock's Mount Rushmore." They launched a trail-blazing acoustic-electric sound in 1969 and have been captivating listeners with their music ever since. Coming together as refugees from three seminal '60s bands-the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and the Hollies-the combined talents of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young have influenced several generations of musicians while proving to have enduring appeal to fans ...

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Overview

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young have been hailed as "The American Beatles" and "Folk-Rock's Mount Rushmore." They launched a trail-blazing acoustic-electric sound in 1969 and have been captivating listeners with their music ever since. Coming together as refugees from three seminal '60s bands-the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and the Hollies-the combined talents of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young have influenced several generations of musicians while proving to have enduring appeal to fans of all ages. As rock and roll's first "supergroup," CSNY generated an enormous amount of media scrutiny-from their galvanizing appearance at Woodstock to multi-platinum, chart-topping albums such as Deja Vu, from David Crosby's miraculous recovery from life-threatening addictions to the band's resurgence for enormously successful concert tours. Now, noted CSNY historian Dave Zimmer distills the best of the journalism on these four remarkable artists, ranging from group portraits to individual profiles to in-depth interviews to incisive commentary by such writers as Cameron Crowe, Ben Fong-Torres and David Crosby himself. 4 Way Street: The Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Reader is an open window into one of the most popular groups of all time, offering a fascinating look at their highly charged musical relationships and how they have changed over the decades, along the way revealing a colorful chronicle of the music of an era that continues to echo into the new millennium.

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In 2004, with their quaint, hippy earnestness sitting outside the embrace of Seventies campy retro-cool, it's hard to believe that Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY) were in their heyday crowned "the American Beatles." Yet their impact on pop music is undeniable. Zimmer, a music writer and entertainment industry executive, here compiles 31 articles spanning the group's 35-year on again, off again career, most of which Zimmer collected while researching his Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: The Authorized Biography. The scope is narrow: only articles from mainstream publications like Rolling Stone, People, and the San Francisco Chronicle are included, and there is a definite West Coast bias. However, most of the pieces are excellent, especially the four written by wunderkind rock journalist-turned-film director Cameron Crowe and Zimmer's 1980 interview with Graham Nash. Unfortunately, the articles assume that the reader already knows why CSNY is important, making it a necessary read for fans but of less interest to those unfamiliar with the group's music or soap-opera history. A good complement to Zimmer's earlier tome but optional for most collections.-Lloyd Jansen, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306812774
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 6/9/2008
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 746,580
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Zimmer edited 4 Way Street, is a former editor of BAM, and works as a communications executive. He lives in West Orange, New Jersey.

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