Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

by Erika Cox
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This group is one of the more popular folk rock groups of the 1960's and early 1970's, mixing social consensus issues with the sounds of folk and rock music.

The group consisted of David Crosby born on August 14, 1941 in Los Angeles, Stephen Stills born January 3, 1945 in Dallas, Texas, Graham Nash born on February 2, 1942 in England, and sometimes group member, Neil Young, born November 12, 1945 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

All members sung and all played the guitar, except for Nash, who was the main songwriter for the group.

The group was formed with original members, Crosby, Stills, and Nash. Shortly after Young would join the group, although he would eventually leave and make periodic appearances with the band.

Crosby initially performed with the Byrds until he left after a number of disputes with other group members. Stills was originally with Buffalo Springfield, who encountered internal problems of their own leaving Stills looking for a new group.

Nash met up with Crosby and Stills at a party and the three decided to get together and perform as a group.

The three members all had similar musical backgrounds, in particular, Stills and Crosby, with their former groups focusing on folk rock and the burgeoning psychedelic late 60's sound.

The group engulfed an independent, freedom, and self-expression way of thinking and this mentality became part of their group.

Freedom and independent thinking was their main goal so instead of using a particular name for their group they chose to keep or use their last names as the name of the group, displaying each person's contribution and musical talent.

The group was able to strike a deal with management team, Roberts and Geffen, who helped manage the group and each person's individuality. And when the group signed with Atlantic Records this allowed the group to self-express themselves through their recordings.

The group's first album in 1969 was an instant success producing two major hits. The group identified with the counterculture of the 1960's and was seen as a voice for the generation. The band performed solidly at the Woodstock festival.

Despite their own individual qualities and personalities, the group's members continued to record throughout the early 1970's with successful albums and songs. Although they recorded together, each member would go on to perform solo records and successful ones at that.

Throughout the 70's, the members recorded and performed solos coming together occasionally as a group to perform. However due to personal problems, all the careers of original members, excluding Young, would suffer because of personal problems.

Crosby suffered the most from his personal drug problems when he was sent to prison for drug and weapons charges in 1985. Once Crosby got out of prison he made a promise to his fellow band members to clean up his act, and in an effort to keep his promise the group recorded an album in 1988.

Throughout the 1990's, the group continued to perform and record music, which displayed their immense talent and individual skill.

Crosby, Stills, and Nash were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Crosby was also inducted as a Byrd member and Stills as a member of Buffalo Springfield. Although Young was part of the group on and off, he was not inducted as part of the group.

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