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Sunday, January 03, 2021

Graham Nash Gifted $800,000 CSNY Lyric Sheets To Neil Young | UNCUT

Graham Nash & Neil Young
2013 Bridge School Benefit Concert



In a recent interview in Uncut Magazine, Graham Nash revealed that he had collected handwritten lyric sheets by Neil Young over the years and gifted them to Neil for a Canadian university archive.

Uncut Neil Young Cover: Issue 285 - February 2021


From Uncut Magazine interview "GRAHAM NASH on ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART (After The Goldrush; 1970):

That song means a lot to me because Neil wrote it about me and Joni. 

It’s such a beautiful song. I knew it was about me the day Neil played it for me at Stephen’s house in Laurel Canyon. It’s a beautiful song and it was incredibly important for me to hear what Neil had said because he was dead right, it is only love that can break your heart. We are strong, mankind, but these love things can really trip you up. He was only 24 when he wrote that. It’s incredible how prolific he was. 

At this time, Neil would come to rehearsals with us as CSNY and then at the end of the day we’d go about our business and we didn’t know he was going into the studio to record a solo album. It’s been amazing to watch Neil become this great artist. 

When we were first together as CSNY we all realised how talented he was. I personally feel that Crosby, Stills & Nash and Crosby, Nash, Stills & Young are two completely different bands because of his talent and the difference that it makes. 

Over the years, I accumulated 28 handwritten documents by Neil containing original lyrics they had had left behind at studios or given to me. A year or so ago, he decided to sell his archive to a university in Canada and he asked me if I still had those lyrics. I said I did. I’d valued them at $800,000 but I realised that Neil wanted them, I realised how much money I had made because of his talent, and I gave them to Neil with a good heart.

If Neil wanted his stuff back, he could have it.

More on Uncut's Neil Young cover issue and excerpts from Billy Talbot and Spooner Oldham. 

Also, see our encounter with Graham Nash at his book signing for Wild Tales at the Library of Congress, in Washington, DC in September 2013.

Graham Nash 
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7 Comments:

At 1/03/2021 08:43:00 PM, Blogger Peacelover Doc said...

Amazing example of practicing honesty

 
At 1/04/2021 11:07:00 AM, Blogger Andy Walters said...

Graham has mined his Joni story for what's worth.

 
At 1/04/2021 11:25:00 AM, Blogger Richard B. said...

Hes a good man. Thanks Graham for being the good person you are.

 
At 1/04/2021 12:45:00 PM, Blogger Stills said...

Graham Nash has been a collector all his life.
It’s a good thing too, as so much handwritten rock music history has been lost forever to the refuse bin.
I’m thankful he was around Neil to salvage this stuff.
☮️

 
At 1/05/2021 04:01:00 AM, Blogger Andy Walters said...

'He's a good man. Thanks Graham for being the good person you are' - not sure Susan would agree with that. Nash has a view of his career and relevance that is not supported by his recorded output by maybe supported by his own ego.

 
At 1/05/2021 10:19:00 AM, Blogger Abner Snopes said...

good thing it wasn't Crosby who had the song sheets, he probably would have smoked them or changed some lyrics and claimed them as his own.

 
At 1/05/2021 07:56:00 PM, Blogger Jonathan said...

Sammy Hagar posted a video of him & Eddie Van Halen performing 'Love Comes Walking In' at the BSB in 1993 (I think) recently...would love to know what EVH thought of Neil & his music

* don't care about Graham Nash - his harmonies were great on a few songs *

 

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