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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Interviews: Graham Nash and Stephen Stills

Graham Nash

A couple of recent interviews with Graham Nash and Stephen Stills on a variety of subjects.

From Graham Nash on his 'insanely great' life - San Jose Mercury News By Jim Harrington:

Q I had the chance to see you perform as part of CSNY at last month's Bridge benefit. How did it feel to get the whole gang back together again?

A My partners amaze me constantly. That was the first time we'd sung together in about eight years -- since 2006. It's always a pleasure to play with Neil, of course.

Q CSN, of course, has remained active during that time period. Is there an adjustment period that occurs once Young enters the picture? Or is it immediately like old times once all four men unite onstage?

A It's pretty second-nature. We only rehearsed for two or three hours a day -- and we only rehearsed for two days. So it wasn't like we had to slave to get back to that sound. That happens pretty naturally, fortunately.
Stephen Stills

From Stephen Stills Talks Neil Young, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Taylor Swift : Articles : Relix:
Do you deserve any of your reputation?

I don’t think about it and I’d rather not be conscious of it because otherwise it’s unnatural and false and I’m just another poser, even though I can get called out as being demanding. Sometimes I get frustrated and say, “Will you please do what I ask?” I can get a little cross. But to quote [golfer] Arnold Palmer, “I refuse not to be nice.” The older I get, the more dedicated I am to that. If I do have a flash of temper, there’s something that set it off and I always feel horrible about it later.


Buffalo Springfield were my Beatles. What were they to you?

Well, not that of course. We never made any money. I had a Ferrari, a cabin in Topanga and I managed to get my little sister into Stanford.


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At 11/06/2013 07:12:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's always a pleasure to play with Neil, of course - really Graham? He didn't express those views in the book?

 
At 11/06/2013 12:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does Stephen Stills needs to mention Taylor Swift in every interview?

 
At 11/06/2013 01:38:00 PM, Anonymous doubter said...

on comparing KWS to NY "Kenny’s much friendlier and he doesn’t hold grudges. And he doesn’t think he’s smarter than everybody else. There’s a tribe thing between us." DOH! Come on now all you NY defenders, don't let me down.

Well Im up in TO. Smokin crack with the mayor..

 
At 11/06/2013 03:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Doubter - thanks for the laugh that was great!

Regarding Stills' comments & Graham's recent ones - I just say 'whatever'.

Graham has been taking shots at Neil in the media for a long time by my recollection. Hell they all have. There's nothing new there.

 
At 11/06/2013 08:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Strange thing is...I can't name a single Graham Nash album...Stephen Stills album...or David Crosby alblum...

Prarie Wind blowing through my head...

Trying to remember what my daddy said..

 
At 11/06/2013 09:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know why Neil goes back to these guys. I cannot remember reading anything Neil has said or written that is anything but supportive or positive of his relationship with them. Stills and Nash are brutal toward him. Crosby passes judgement too about the quality of Neil's output, saying he can do better. Please. Of course, new material from C or S or N is virtually non-existent. I was at the BSCs and to say they were under-rehearsed is generous. I much rather see Neil forge a new collaboration - with Jack White or Dave Grohl or Wilco or MMJ, etc., then go back to these guys to help feather their retirement funds.

 
At 11/07/2013 01:51:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Manassas, Stills, If Only I Coulld Remember My Name sit with any of Neil's major works. Crosby was only telling as it is with some Neil's sloppy releases, such as FITR etc

 
At 11/07/2013 01:52:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's Stills in the snow where Clapton & Hendrix took a back seat.

 
At 11/07/2013 03:08:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

David Crosby Returns to Solo Career, Announces New Album 'Croz'

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/david-crosby-returns-to-solo-career-announces-new-album-croz-20131105#ixzz2jwf6oXGG

 
At 11/07/2013 08:56:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you would be bitter too if you had
a tour lined up and suddenly Neil pulls the plug at the last minute
leaving yourself and a whole crew of people out of a gig and also not being able to find another one
during he time period allotted for the tour.

As far as CSN not having anything new. Check out Stills the Rides
album very good blusy record Crosby has a solo lp coming out in January and Nash has new songs
plus the have an album almost finished I know this is a neil
holier than thou site but really.

At bridge what may have happened is neil said no tour and maybe maybe ill let you put out the box set next year. That might be why Crosby ad Nash appeared a bit
shaky on the first night. Nash
lookeddov like someone had just slapped him in the face. However
they were much better on sunday maybe had to time to compose themselves.

 
At 11/07/2013 09:45:00 AM, Blogger Raincheck said...

Hey, I love Neil's music. But if I had had the pleasure and pain of working with him the last forty years I may vent in public now and then myself.

Neil does what Neil wants. He causes pain for others. He does it privately and talks nice in public. CSN, who are tools themselves, have always expressed hurt, at the hands of Neil and each other very publicly.

Yet they all find joy in playing with other. Nothing new here. They may play together and they may not, and it will be Neil's' choice because somehow these other guys with huge egos jump when he calls.

 
At 11/07/2013 10:40:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

CSN and Nash in particular have always said that they respect Neil Young for following his muse, but they hate it when he pulls out unexpected. Neil Young isn't always that friendly, but that's what makes him the artist he is.

CSN have the right to express those views, but it irritates me a bit when they're talking about Neil Young from a songwriters perspective. Nash is quoted in an recent interview that he is able to play songs he wrote this morning on his solo tour. Well, he definitely didn't play any songs he wrote this morning. It's the same bullshit as on CSN 2012. Two new songs and they're all like 'we never stopped writing music'.

Although I certainly don't want to diss albums like Wild Tales, Crosby-Nash, If I Could Only Remember My Name and everything Stills did up to 1975.

 

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