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CSN&Y Were At Woodstock

February 8, 2016

I've spent some time with David Crosby and Graham Nash, but never met Steven Stills or Neil Young although like so many people I loved their music. The second gig of their career was at Woodstock, scary and heady stuff. -- TDR

 

Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young was one of the first of the so-called supergroups. David Crosby came into C.S.N. & Y. from the Byrds. Graham Nash had been a founding member of the Hollies, while Dallas' Stephen Stills and Canadian Neil Young were former members of Buffalo Springfield. With that many influences, Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young could have been expected to create an entirely new sound in rock music, and they didn't disappoint.

 

The group took folk rock, gave it a harder rock edge, and created a timely music that reflected things that were going on in society back in the early seventies. One of the group's biggest hits was actually written by fellow singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell. Woodstock was just what it sounded like...a song about the Woodstock Music Festival that had been held the year previously in upstate New York. The song Woodstock came off of Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young's smash hit 1970 second album Deja Vu. C.S.N. & Y. remained active and popular in one formation or another through the early eighties, and their music is still very popular on album-rock formatted radio.
 

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