Why is the name "Crosby, Stills & Nash"
not in another sequence?
Graham Nash: "We
didn't get the name for the band until we were recording the first album
at Wally Heider Studios in Los Angeles. We didn't want to sound too much
like a permanent group, so it had to be our names. Stephen wanted
'Stills, Crosby & Nash', but I vetoed that because it just didn't sound
right. The only way of combining our names that sounded good to
me, was 'Crosby, Stills & Nash', so I put that forward, and of course,
Crosby was delighted."
Why did Neil Young join Crosby, Stills &
were signed to Atlantic Records by Ahmet Ertegun, who had been a fan of
the Springfield and disappointed by that band's demise. He convinced CSN
to allow Neil Young to join them on one of their tours, thereby founding
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. After several meetings, the trio
expanded to a quartet with Young a full partner. Although Neil Young was
working with Crazy Horse, he could use some promotion.
As the story
goes, Crosby, Nash and Stills went to Neil and he played "Helpless".
Before Neil Young could finish playing the song, they asked him to join
Graham Nash: "In 1969 when CSN had finished the album, we
knew that we would be going on the road. Stephen, as a great lead
guitarist, needed someone to ‘play off’, to inspire him to play better.
Neither David nor I were that person. We play good rhythm guitar but
‘lead’ guitar is something different altogether. We decided that we
would ask Neil to come along and join the band. At first I was a litsle
reticent to have this happen. I thought that we had a complete ‘band’
and a wonderful vocal blend.
I spent one morning at breakfast with
Neil on Bleeker Street in New York City and when we were finished I was
completely sold on Neil joining. He was incredibly funny and very
committed to music. He wanted to be a full member of the band with equal
billing etc. This made sense to me and so we became CSNY.
effect on the band was immediate and very fulfilling. He adds a certain
edge to the sound and, of course, he is an incredible musician. We
became a better band because of the inclusion of Neil Young."
was Ahmet Ertegun?
He was CSN’s “spiritual
godfather”. Ahmet Ertegün (July 31, 1923 – December 14, 2006) and Nasuhi
Ertegün (November 26, 1917–April 15, 1989), were the Turkish-American
executives of Atlantic Records and arguably the most influential record
producers in the history of American music. Ahmet Ertegun helped define
American music as the founder of Atlantic Records, a label that
popularized the gritty R&B of Ray Charles, the classic soul of Aretha
Franklin and the British rock of the Rolling Stones and CSN/Y.
also co-founded the New York Cosmos soccer team of the North American
Soccer League. They were instrumental in bringing in soccer legends like
Pelé, Carlos Alberto and Franz Beckenbauer to the club. They transformed
the Cosmos into a "dream team". Their love for soccer was the reason
that the Cosmos were born.
He passed away in December 14, 2006 in New
York City due to injuries suffered in a fall at a Rolling Stones concert
earlier in the year.
Did Stephen Stills audition for "The
Yes, in 1966, Stills auditioned for The Monkees,
but he dropped out, partially because his already-thinning hair and bad
teeth made him look too old for the part, and partially because the
actor's contract required him to assign his music publishing rights to
Screen Gems, something he did not want to do. Stills instead recommended
his former roommate, Peter Torkelson, who got the job.
Who are The Reliability Brothers?
Stills & Nash: The Biography", Dave Zimmer and Henry Diltz.
Graham Nash: "When any of us lost it or when it got totally
crazy, we turned to our alter egos 'The Reliability Brothers'. They were
always on. CSN in phantom form. I can remember yelling 'Hey, the The
Reliability Brothers, man. We can fuckin' do it'. Then there'd be some
great take. We must have over a thousand tapes that begin 'Reliability
Who is Joe Yankee?
Young. He did play on Graham Nash's "Song For Beginners" and "Wild Tales",
and used the name of Joe Yankee.
What is Neil Young's real name?
Some controversy surrounds Young's full name and
occasionally it is incorrectly listed as Neil Percival Kenneth Robert
Ragland Young. However, in Young's official biography, Shakey by Jimmy
McDonough, the author states Young's birth name as Neil Percival Young
with confirmation from both Scott Young (Young's father) and by one of
Young's band members who has seen his passport. Also, in the concert
documentary Year of the Horse, Young actually states his full name as
Neil Percival Young.
David Crosby scheduled to produce a Leonard Cohen album?
Cohen’s second album
"Songs From a Room" began under the production of David Crosby in
Hollywood in May 1968. Things with Crosby didn’t work out, and the
recording moved to Nashville with Bob Johnston producing. But the
expanded edition will feature two tracks from Crosby sessions: “Like a
Bird,” an early version of the Cohen classic “Bird on the Wire,” and
“Nothing to One,” an early version of “You Know Who I Am.”
third album, the final of the reissue series, Cohen returned with
Johnston to Nashville. "The Songs of Love and Hate" reissue features one
bonus track, an early version of “Dress Rehearsal Rag” from the previous
LP, also pulled from the Crosby sessions.
Who called Crosby Stills Nash & Young "America's
once called CSN&Y "America's Beatles". Always the consummate showman,
Graham was constantly hyping both the press and fans, and his efforts to
elevate CSN&Y to a mythical status was somewhat characteristic. But
Graham's allegiance was always with the ticket buying fan and ensuring
that they received their money's worth. Graham's insistence on the best
lighting and sound systems and security are almost legendary in the
who was Bill Graham?
Bill Graham was born Wolfgang Grajonca in
Berlin, the youngest son of a Jewish family that had emigrated to
Germany prior to the rise of Nazism. He was the pioneer of rock
promotion. As the leading impresario of rock from its earliest days in
San Francisco, Bill Graham worked with a virtual Who's Who of
rock-n-roll: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, the Rolling Stones, Bob
Dylan and the Band, the Grateful Dead, and many others. It was Bill
Graham who organized what was rock's first massive stadium tour with
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young in 1974. What are now routine shows for
today's stars were logistical nightmares in the early days of rock.
Anyone who attended CSNY's stadium shows in '74 can attest to the
challenges faced by fans and performers.
He wrote a book called "Bill
Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock and Out" and discusses Crosby,
Stills, Nash and Young, Zeppelin, the Stones, J Geils Band, Santana, the
Who and all the tense dealings with each of these personalities.
Graham died in 1991 in a helicopter crash on the way home after a Huey
Lewis and the News show.
Neil Young: "He always made all of us
really is the Godfather of Grunge?
Nirvana's Kurt Cobain is often cited as the
Godfather of Grunge. In October 1988, according to Rock On The Net,
Nirvana's first recording effort resulted in a demo named 'Godfather Of
Grunge' and the single 'Love Buzz/Big Cheese.' " Just as Neil Young's
1979 release of "Rust Never Sleeps" marked a turning point in both punk
and rock, so did "Ragged Glory"'s release in 1991 foreshadow the
emergence of grunge. "Ragged Glory"'s raging feedback was widely
emulated and influenced numerous bands, including Nirvana, Pearl Jam and
Sonic Youth among others.
The earliest written reference to Neil
Young as the 'Godfather Of Grunge' was in December 1991, when Tower
Records in house publication "Pulse!" published a cover article on Neil
Young entitled 'The Godfather Of Grunge Rock' by Steve Martin. The album
"Freedom" is considered to be one of the ten most important albums in
the history of alternative music.
Did Kurt Cobain quote Neil Young in his suicide
Apparently, Neil Young had been trying to reach Cobain by telephone in
the days before his suicide to no avail. But yes, Kurt Cobain quoted "It's
better to burn out, than to fade away" in his suicide note, citing
Young's lyric as artistic justification for ending his inconsolable
anguish. Young was shaken to the bone. Always an advocate of allowing
the listener his or her own individual path through a record, he was so
devastated by Cobain's personal reaction to a song that was basically
written as a celebration of Punk that he was impelled to record the 'Sleeps
With Angels' album in lament."
During Neil Young's induction speech
into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on January 13, 1995, Young choked up
and concluded by thanking Cobain for "all of the inspiration".
Graham Nash know Jimi Hendrix?
Nash used to hang with him in England. He said he
was with Jimi watching a live show when the act on stage pointed out the
fact that Jimi was in the audience and then the spotlight was pointed at
[them]...Said he was a quiet, funny nice guy....but that was the first
time Nash had realized what a sensation he was with the public.
recently we learned that Nash and Hendrix were actually much closer than
this. Mitch Mitchell, Hendrix's drummer, shared a flat with Nash in
London during 1967 and they all spent quite a bit of time together,
according to Mitchell's book "The
Hendrix Experience". Nash sings on a couple of choruses on
Jimi's second album "Axis; Bold as Love" and stomped his feet for extra
rhythm on "If 6 was 9". Mitchell in turn played on a couple of
Hollies songs during this period. Nash and Hendrix were also in
the studio together for the "McGough and McGear" album, produced by Paul
McCartney. The standout track "Ex Art Student" features Graham's
harmony vocals and Jimi's guitar. Apparently they both played percussion
together on a track "Oh to be a Child", which was never released.
According to Mitch Mitchell, Jimi enjoyed Nash's company and the
peacefulness of his house: "Graham and Jimi would often play together
at the house, and there would be some thought given to them writing
together , but I have the feeling that it was officially discouraged".
Probably by Hendrix's management, who didn't like Nash's habit of asking
awkward questions about what was happening to Jimi's money and
Source: Mitch Mitchell "The
Hendrix Experience", 1990, p.28.
Did Stephen Stills know Jimi Hendrix?
Hendrix appeared on Stills' first solo album.
Stephen Stills: "I followed Jimi Hendrix all around the country for a
year learning how to play lead guitar. We were great friends, too, and
he taught me some great tricks. We were going to do an album together.
That song 'Old Times, Good Times' was the first try at that. After my
solo album was turned in, we were going to go back to England and do an
album. But… he died."
Stills to Guitar Player in 1976: "I
followed the dude around for two years learning how to play lead guitar.
I literally followed him like he was my guru. People thought I was a
groupie, but I wasn't; I was going to music school."
He and Hendrix were soon friends and began jamming in clubs with
other musicians like Buddy Miles and Johnny Winter. "Jimi and I
played for fourteen hours once at my house in Malibu. We must have made
up fifteen rock and roll songs, but forgot them all, because it wasn't
taped. We just played for the ocean."
In 2005 Stephen Stills has
hinted that he may be able to release a 1970 session himself and Jimi
Hendrix recorded while he was making his first solo album.
October issue of Mojo, Stills said, "There's still some of our stuff
in the vaults and we've nearly cleared enough of the legal mess out of
the way to release it."
And in the November (2005) issue of
Uncut, he adds: "There's a lot of it
[outtakes with Hendrix] but after he died, the whole scene was
very complicated with Jimi's estate. I'm looking at it again now to see
if we can finally put some of that stuff out."
Wasn't it difficult for Stills learning in the
shadow of a dominating lead player like Hendrix?
Stills: "That's total BS. He kicked me in the butt one night - I was
playing rhythm with my eyes closed, and he said, 'Go on. Play lead!'
Jimi and I got together as much as we could. I always thought a good
blues (rhythm) section that would take time to learn Jimi's vamps and
stuff would have really just set him free. God knows what he was
hearing. I really didn't hit my stride, though, until after he died. If
he was still around, we'd be inseparable by now."
what is the connection between Jimi Hendrix and Neil Young?
1978's Rust Never Sleeps tour, Neil wore a Jimi Hendrix button
prominently on his peace sign guitar strap as a homage to the guitar
genius' influence on rock.
Neil Young: "One of things I remember
about Woodstock was trying to get there to play. As it turns out, the
charter plane I was on with Jimi Hendrix flew into the wrong airport. We
were supposed to be picked up by a helicopter. The roads were jammed and
there was nobody at the airport, so we had no way to get to the concert.
So we're standing at the airport with Melvin Belli [an attorney] trying
to figure out what to do. And Melvin Belli steals this pickup truck
parked at the airport. So it's the three of us in this stolen pickup
truck trying to get to the Woodstock concert to play -- Jimi, Melvin &
me. That's what I really remember about Woodstock"
On January 15,
1992, Neil Young inducted Jimi Hendrix into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
In his induction speech for Jimi, Neil said: "Guitar -- you can play it
or transcend it. Jimi showed me that. He was at one with his instrument.
I just looked at it, heard it, and felt it and wanted to do it. Hendrix
threw a Molotov cocktail onto rock & roll".
On the album Harvest Moon,
Neil paid homage to the Hendrix legacy in the song "From Hank to Hendrix".
The lyrics of the song cite the influence of the musical guitar giants
Hank Marvin from the Shadows (not Hank Williams, as often cited) and
And finally what about David Crosby and
He wasn't as close to Jimi as he was to Nash or
Stills but they did jam together a few times. Crosby first encountered
Hendrix at Monterey Pop Festival on 18 June 1967, although according to
Crosby's audio interview on the DVD of "Monterey Pop" he had already
heard his music in England and had brought back Hendrix's first album
("Are You Experienced?") which hadn't yet been released in the US. At
Monterey, Crosby sang "Hey Joe" with the Byrds for the last time.
People say that after he saw Jimi do it, he never sang it again!
Mainly through his friendship with Stephen Stills and Peter Tork, Crosby
ran into Hendrix a few times after that. On 27 June 1967, Crosby was
part of a jam at Stills's Malibu house with Stills, Hendrix, Buddy Miles,
Doug Hastings, Bruce Palmer and Hugh Masakela.
In late July 1967,
Crosby took part in a jam with Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell, Jack Bruce, Eric
Clapton, Mike Bloomfield and Buzzy Linhardt at the Café Au Go Go in New
On 10 February 1968, Crosby was part of a pre-show jam with
Hendrix before his show at the Shrine Auditorium in
Angeles. Others who took part included Micky Dolenz, Buddy Miles,
Mike Bloomfield and Harvey Brooks. After the show most of the
musicians went to a party at Peter Tork's house in Hollywood.
Sources for the above: Johnny Black – Eyewitness Hendrix, 1999 +
And what about Dallas
Taylor met Jimi
Hendrix when he was with the Clear Light band and jammed with him.
Dallas Taylor: "Jimi and I were fighting over the same girl (Denise
Betincourt) [Betancourt?], so we didn’t talk much. He was a very quiet
and shy person off stage".
What was Jimi Hendrix' last guitar solo that was
Originally Jimi Hendrix recorded a guitar solo for
Stills' Love the One You're With. The ones who heard it were buzzing
about it as something incredible. Apparently it sat for a while and
Stills recorded over it with the steel drums. It was Jimi's LAST guitar
He died soon after.
Did Stephen Barncard and Don Gooch really fight?
1) Stephen Barncard: "There was no fight. It was an assault by Don,
no two ways about it. We were both in the Record Plant Truck. I said
'Don, you're an asshole', because he
was dominating the console and was ignoring my input, and he
turned around and, without warning, crazily started slapping me
around, trashing my glasses.
The Record Plant crew were required to pull him off of me. I was knocked
to the floor, and then retreated to a safety zone outside for a while. I
did not fight back. I later told David and Graham about it. I was blamed
anyway. "Lee Shore" was being recorded onto tape, but nobody was at the
recording helm for a few minutes. Some people, notably Stanley Johnson (who
was not in the truck, but mixing monitors) cast doubt on the account,
calling it a 'fight' in Crosby's book. His account is not true. Our (Don
and I) 3-year engineering "partnership" was unraveling at the time; and
I might have been guilty of avoiding him while on the road. Ours was an
uneven partnership, I would support his work in the studio while he was
mixing, he would go play computer games while I was mixing, and so forth.
We had completely different approaches to recording. I would
characterize my role as being more involved with the music. After this
incident, I was blamed for it, and with the exception of the live record
which I almost wholly produced (despite the credits listed), was
excluded from working with them for years because of this incident. Don
and I, with Nash mediating, established an uneasy truce so we could
finish the live record. Later, Don worked on with them, with Stanley
taking my place. Don and I still talk, and I consider him to be an OK
guy, we just can't work together."
Don Gooch: "No we were not
inebriated. In fact, neither of us drinks except
for maybe a social drink now and then. As a side note, I didn't do drugs
either which is somewhat of a rare occurrence but I could not handle it
so I did not try. First, lets get one other thing straight. This
subject does not need to be rehashed any more. It seems that
everyone has a different opinion of what happened and why. There are
numerous bits of misinformation. I did not go crazy for no reason. I
feel I had a good reason and that ends this subject. I consider Stephen
and I to still be friends although it is very difficult to work with
someone. It is something like a marriage and we all know a lot of them
don't work out. Stephen and I have completely different ways of working,
not to judge which is best, they are just different. Lets just get on
with our lives and lets unfortunate incidents die a natural death."
Don Gooch passed away in 2002.
What is the status
regarding the LifeSighs project of Graham Nash?
This project might be dissolved as it could have
been too expensive, but according to Graham Nash it will come up again.
How come Crosby and his
son James Raymond finally meet?
Crosby: "I have been working for the last two or three years
[1995-94] with a guitar player named Jeff Pevar, who is
a complete stunner. He started working with me when I did solo shows
or shows with Graham Nash. Then about two years ago
 I was in the hospital. I knew for many years that I had a
son out there somewhere... his mother had had him and put him up for
adoption. You cannot track an adoptive kid from the parent down, only
from the kid up. When he got married he wanted to know who his
birthmother was. He went down and made the inquiry. I guess they just
gave him the book.... he is looking at her page and on the other side is
me. He'd been a musician for 20 years! He is a schooled musician. He can
write music, he can read it... When we first met, we hit it off
extremely whell. Then, when he and I and Jeff got together there was an
undeniable chemistry between me and Jeff... and James".
Raymond and Jeff Pevar are the members of CPR:
site for more info on this great band!
but also Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, a technique involving chest
compressions to manually circulate blood with forced ventilation of the
lungs. It is a method of saving the life of someone whose heart has
stopped beating, and who is no longer breathing. One compresses the
chest in a rhythm, with mouth-to-mouth breaths given every fourth chest
Given Crosby's recent medical history (liver
transplant, hospitalization for broken foot in motorcycle accident,
post-transplant hospitalization), he said it seemed a perfect idea,
because the "new band" helped him to "restart his heart."
What happened to Crosby's
liver was damaged by substance abuse and a previously undiagnosed case
of Hepatitis C, went into rapid deterioration. By 1994 he was
hospitalized, facing death. But an organ donor became available and
Crosby received a liver transplant at
UCLA's Medical Center in a seven-hour operation. Crosby's life
BTW: now the medical centrer is called Ronald Reagan (...) UCLA Medical
Who paid for Crosby's
other than Phil Collins: "... I gave him the money to pay for his
liver and keep the IRS at bay. I just wanted to give him something back
for what he'd given me: all the music. Love him dearly".
the liner notes of Crosby's box set "Voyage".
So, Crosby had some disasters with his business
David Crosby: "I
had an accountant. Half of the worst stories in Hollywood start with 'I
had an accountant.' I had an accountant who said he paid my taxes and
didn't. And the IRS came after me. That accountant wound up in jail, and
I wound up down $1.2 million to the government. They wanted to take my
house and stuff. It was very hard -- it was a long, tough fight,
climbing my way up. But I did it. It took a lot of work to pay it back".
What financial shape did all that leave Crosby in?
(2003): "I'm fine. I have a lovely house that's almost all paid off,
and a small airplane, a little piston twin that I fly all the time and a
sailboat. And my kid can go to any college he wants. Life is pretty good."
come CSN&Y suddenly "reunited" in 1999?
The band's decision to record and tour again had
its seeds in a visit Young made to a studio where CSN were recording,
because he said he felt like seeing his friends. Impressed that the trio
were funding their album themselves because they were between record
deals, he signed on. Meanwhile, he and Stills had been working on
putting together a Buffalo Springfield retrospective and it seemed as if
the time to work together again was right.
Graham Nash: "Neil came
down to the studio in LA to play on one of Stephen's songs. He heard me
playing a track of "Heartland" and wanted to play on it. Then he played
on the Stephen Stills song called "Acadienne" then 14 songs later the
album was done."
Why is the CS&N(Y) mail
list called "The Lee-shore"?
Mick Anderson: "Back in April and May of '95 when I was putting the
list together, this is how I came up with the name 'lee-shore', as best
as I can remember..."
In the best traditions of other music
mailing lists, it had to have a name that reflected something from the
band's history: a song or album title or other catchphrase that meant
something to a CSN fan. I gathered up my CSN albums, scanning the album
titles (not much to work with there!) and the song titles for
possibilities. Not that I owned all the albums, mind you, but more than
From this, the words "Lee Shore" stood out like a beacon,
and I don't think I found anything else that caught my eye nearly as
much. It had a few things going for it":
It was short. You don't need a
long name for a mailing list like "I-Wish-I-Could-Remember-My-Name@geoclio.st.usm.edu".
That would drive people nuts.
It wasn't too generic or
ambivalent - it would instantly ring a bell with a CSN fan. Better
than names such as "Cathedral" or "Carry On", for example.
It's a favorite song of mine,
and I was sure it would be for many fans. It's also representative
of the music they play - it's what they're all about in a sense.
Calling the list "Drivin' Thunder" would be unthinkable.
The meaning of the title had
cool implications for the mailing list - along the lines of what
Lisa mentioned earlier. That is, it suggested the list as being a
haven with peace and harmony where CSN fans could gather, and where
flame-wars were minimized. And as luck would have it, this has
turned out to be the case.
It didn't have any negative or
unwanted connotations. Imagine calling the list "firstname.lastname@example.org".
We'd be getting all sorts of loonies from guerilla warfare units and
so on thinking they had found a place to discuss the latest in
cruise missiles! Actually, I think a few have found their way here
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does "lee shore" mean?
terms lee shore and weather or windward shore describe a stretch of
shoreline with respect to the wind direction, and is of particular
importance when sailing. The lee shore, named because it is to the
leeward side of an approaching boat, has the wind blowing towards the
shore. A windward shore, named because it is to the windward side of an
approaching boat, has the wind blowing away from the shore.
shore can also refer to the shore onto which waves break; often this
will be the same as the first definition, since waves and wind often
move in similar directions. Surf can also push watercraft into the shore,
so the issues in dealing with such a lee shore are similar.
shores are dangerous to watercraft because, if left to drift, they will
be pushed into shore by the wind, possibly running aground.
of a lee shore in a storm is also at a significantly higher risk due to
the undiminished effects of the wind and waves.
Who was Wally Heider?
Stephen Barncard: "Wally Heider
was a Washington State recording enthusiast in the 50's and
followed big bands like Woody Herman and Stan Kenton's with an Ampex
350-2 and a few mics in his station wagon. This grew into a remote
business in Hollywood, eventually with fixed studio rooms, mastering,
The Beatles changed everything. By the time "Sgt. Pepper's" came out,
every music act wanted artistic control of their music. The major
studios at the time were all unionized and had rules that prevented
artists and producers to touch the equipment in any way, not to mention
being a non-creative environment. This led to the creation of the
independent studios in LA. The first one, of course, is Radio Recorders
(now Studio 55), followed by Gold Star and Sunset. Sunset was created by
injection of Disney money for the creation of records for Buena Vista
star Annette. But I digress.
By 1968 Wally had a business that
rivaled the other independents in LA -- Gold Star, Sunset, United,
Western and Sound Factory. At this time the first CSN record was created
in one of the Heider rooms in LA, with the three, Dallas, and Bill
Halverson. I don't know how Halverson got into the picture; I would
guess through Eric Clapton. Halverson was originally a remote guy for
Wally, and recorded all of the live Cream material as well as some of
their last studio album.
Wally was an astute businessman, and
knew about keeping his high-ticket clients happy. He always bought the
newest and best equipment, and would listen to his clients' needs. Wally
is actually burned into rock and roll history, in the movie 'Monterry
Pop' he is the fat guy that runs out on stage to save his drum mics at
the end of the who's 'my generation' where they destroy the drums...he
recorded the show on 7 tracks (the 8th track was for sync).
was right on the curve in San Francisco. In 1969 he selected the
property at 245 Hyde because it was across the street from the old 'Blackhawk'
nightclub, where he recorded Miles in 1965. It's in the Tenderloin,
which has ALWAYS had junkies, vagrants and dealers roaming the streets
outside. Never better, never worse. But that's where he wanted it. It
was also in the film distribution district (?) so I figure Filmways, a
motion picture distribution company, had purchased his company and might
have owned the building anyway, that's what its original purpose was --
to store films for distribution. Thick walls, fireproof interior, etc.
All cement construction, from the '40s.
The first clients in SF were the Jefferson Airplane, recording "Volunteers".
That's when I first dropped by to see the studio and was shown around by
the studio manager. Only one room was working at the time, the original
studio C. Later, A and D were opened. All good rooms, pretty consistent.
The studio did very well until about 1973, and the competition grew
very tough, with studios going up all over town -- the Automatt, CBS,
Record Plant in Sausalito, His Master's Wheels all bit into the market
share. Many, like Bob Weir, Jessie Colin Young, Garcia and others had
their own home studios. The CBS business went to their own rooms, David
Rubinson started the Automatt.
By 1978 Filmways dumped WHR (Wally
Heider Recording) and sold it to Janna Feliciano. Janna was the
estranged wife of Jose Felicaino, and had taken his millions and put it
into the recording studios in LA. Apparently, the SF studio was sold at
this time. Janna proceeded to let the studio run down completely while
smoking herself poor with freebase cocaine. By 1984, it was over. The
equipment was all sold (I bought the 2 track with which I mixed American
Beauty) and the building was converted into a cheap looking check
cashing business. Those studios are no more. But the ones in SF survive
as 'Hyde Street Studios', and have for many years. I must give them a
call and make sure they are still in business. But they were a couple of
years ago when I did the GD special".
Who was the first musician
on earth who recorded digitally?
Stephen Stills! He went into the studio in 1979
and cut an album with the then-revolutionary digital recording system.
So his 1979 version of "Cherokee" was the first digitally recorded rock
What is the story behind
Graham Nash: "I
once went down to Neil's ranch and he rowed me out into the middle of
the lake -- putting my life in his hands once again. He waved at someone
invisible and music started to play, in the countryside. I realized Neil
had his house wired as the left speaker, and his barn wired as the right
speaker. And Elliot Mazer, his engineer, said 'How is it?' And Neil
shouted back...'More Barn!'" .
famous "More Barn!" shirt. The back of the shirt tells the story.
What kind of accent do CSN&Y
Dave Zimmer: "For me,
part of the magic of CSN&Y is the wonderfully unique nature of their
voices. I don't pretend to be a linguist expert. But here are some
related reflections anyway ..."
Californian (whatever that means), with child-like inflections that
bubble over when he's excited. Also, the wonderful timbre of David's
voice (like the low note on a flute) makes for delightful
storytelling (Django must agree. Has the "Thomas The Tank Engine"
movie been cast yet?). In addition, David's raps sound so real and
honest without ever being harsh or bombastic. You just drink them
Favorite Crosby words: HELL-o, man, weird shit, stunner,
Janny, shining light.
Stills: Southern, of
course, which he leans on with an exaggerated accent, at times,
during his stage raps; but in quiet conversation, a soft, reflective,
Continental delivery takes over. The Marlboro & mid-Atlantic whiskey
barrel grain is stronger than it used to be. Words he used to purr
now sound more like husky growls. Yet, the character of Stephen's
voice is still very distinctive and he conveys commanding authority
unlike few people I've ever heard.
Favorite Stills words:
consummate, man, mate, beyond measure, family.
Nash: I'm at sea
distinguishing regions connected to English accents, but Graham, to
my ear, has always sounded very elegant and friendly rather than
formal (provincial) and stiff. When he starts tasking, you pay
attention and get swept away. When he describes certain scenes from
the past, you go right back there with him. His accent may have been
California-ized over the years, but he still sounds English to me.
Favorite Nash words: you got it, kid, Crosby, golf, good night.
Young: Joni Mitchell
once described her and Neil's voices as "Canadian prairie." The
description works for me. Neil's speaking voice is a lot lower than
his usual singing voice. The frail, sometimes whiny edge is still
there, though. In the mid '80s, during his International Harvesters
phase, Neil adopted a faux-country accent on stage, "Here's ol' Ben
'long grain' Keith pickin' real good steel guitar for ya tonight."
Outside of that period, though, I've always felt Neil's speaking
voice had a genuine youthfulness that will be there even when he's
Favorite Young words: old, hey now, Hank, Poncho, real,
Do CSNY have their own
There are 13 towns in
the US named "Crosby", 11 named "Nash" and 8 named "Young". No town is
named just "Stills".
Stephen Stills is not
getting that respect?
CSNY fan who lives in Merrifield, MN: "About 1 km north of my house
is 'N. Young Lake' (North Young Lake), and about 16 miles NW is the City
of Crosby, Minnesota. Nashway Drive is about 10 miles east... but until
recently I was missing my favorite band member... until I was driving
through a rural section of Stearns County (in Central Minnesota) and
discovered St. Stephen".
Where does Graham Nash live?
Hawaii, but why?
Graham Nash: "I have done my snow years here in
Manchester, freezing my ass off. I saw Hawaii and it looked like
paradise to me. I could not believe that the land was that beautiful and
that some of it was for sale. I think we bought it within an hour".
To be precise, he resides on the
island of Kauai. Kauai is the northern most island.
there a CSN wine?
Yes there is!
(is?) sold by Celebrity Cellars to collectors. The complete issue was
limited to 1000 cases.
When are CSNY birthdays?
August 14, 1941 - Los Angeles, Ca., USA
January 3, 1945 - Dallas, Tx., USA
February 2, 1942 - Blackpool, Lancashire, United Kingdom.
November 12, 1945 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Why did Crosby write a second
In his 1988 biography, the
New York Times bestseller "Long Time Gone", Crosby and
co-author Carl Gottlieb chronicled his early years, his time in a Texas
jail, his recovery, etc. Teaming up with Gottlieb again, Crosby wanted
to take readers on a roller coaster journey through his remarkably rich
life and career over the past two decades.
Who is Carl Gottlieb?
not only coauthored the book "Long Time Gone" with David Crosby and
"Since Ihen: How I Survived Everything and Lived to Tell About It", but also wrote the screenplay for "Jaws", directed by Steven Spielberg
and he directed the Steve Martin short film "The Absent-Minded
Waiter", which was nominated for an Academy Award. Gottlieb also
wrote the best-selling "The Jaws Log".
What is the contribution of 4waysite.com
to Crosby's & Gottlieb's new book?
Visitors of 4waysite.com had the
unique possibility to ask questions to Crosby.
Carl Gottlieb: "I asked David most of what you wanted to know,
and his answers became part of the entire body of work we considered. As
always, the interest and dedication of the global Internet CSNY
community supported and nourished us. We are grateful and thank you for
your individual and collective responses."
4waysite.com is mentioned in the book's Acknowledgements section as being "extremely useful" to Croz and Carl!
was Stephen Stills' son Justin on Trauma: Life in the ER?
In 1997 Justin
Stills at age 26, was in a serious snowboarding accident in Tahoe. His trauma admission, and part of his recovery, was filmed and shown on The Learning Channel Network's reality show "Trauma: Life in the
wonder who they are, the C/S/N/Y look-alikes!
Bruce Baum is
an American comedian. His live act consists of prop comedy
as well as more traditional stand-up material. One of his
best-known stand-up routines is his diaper-wearing Babyman
character. Baum is recognized for his large mustache and
long hair and is often described as a David Crosby
"My Name Is
Earl" is an American television comedy series created by
Greg Garcia that was originally broadcast on the NBC
television network from September 20, 2005, to May 14, 2009,
in the United States.
Smith, Jr. is a second-generation American professional
wrestler, the son of former wrestler Aurelian "Grizzly"
Smith. He is best known by his ring name of Jake "The Snake"
Roberts, and often brought snakes into the ring, including a
python named Damien and even a devenomed cobra.
A David Crosby look-alike from the side of a McDonald’s bag
Dan Blocker was
an American actor best remembered for his role as Eric "Hoss"
Cartwright in the NBC western television series Bonanza.
This is a scan
from a Dutch dental magazine in 2011 showing a patient in a
'before' and 'after' situation with a denture.
Stephen has got
nice teeth as well!
Graham seems to
be unique; there is only one look-alike. So far...
James Thomas "Jimmy"
Fallon, Jr. (born September 19, 1974) is an American actor,
comedian, singer, musician and television host. He currently
hosts Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, a late-night talk show
that airs Monday through Friday on NBC. Prior to that, he
was best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from
1998–2004, as well as appearing in several films.
performance for the ages, David Crosby and Graham Nash
joined Jimmy Fallon (dressed as Neil Young) on Wednesday
night’s episode of the funnyman’s ‘Late Night’ talk show for
a rendition of teen pop star Miley Cyrus’ ‘Party in the
The performance started with the show’s announcer
introducing the crowd to Neil Young. Fallon, dressed as
Young, sat on a stool with a guitar and delivered a spot-on
impersonation of Young as he began singing an earnest
rendition of Miley’s perky hit single.
Shortly thereafter, Crosby and Nash appeared onstage to back
up Fallon on such compelling lines as “And a Jay-Z song was
on” and “Noddin’ my head like yeah.” The folk-rock duo stuck
around for the remainder of the song, providing vocals on
the tune’s chorus.
Crosby seemed a little embarrassed to be taking part in the
comedy bit, but Nash appeared to be totally into the
performance. It’s not the first time Fallon has appeared as
Young on the show. He’s sung a number of pop songs dressed
as the folk-rock legend, including a duet with Bruce
Springsteen on Willow Smith’s ‘Whip My Hair.’
Moody (died 27 July, 1997) was a Pure-bloodwizard, and
considered to be the most powerful Auror of all time. Neil
Young doubles as famed Auror Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody.
- In June 2011 authorities were searching for a man who robbed a Whitehall bank. The FBI said the man resembled Neil Young!
Witnesses said that once outside, the man ran across the
street toward and apartment complex. They said the dye-pack
exploded, causing the man to drop most of the money on the
Were was Neil
in June 2011...?