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Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

The Wild, Definitive Saga of Rock's Greatest Supergroup
Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
Length: 21 hrs and 43 mins
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"In what is the most comprehensive biography of the group to date, Browne compiles a fun and fast-paced music history.... [A]n authoritative chronicle." (Publishers Weekly)

The first and most complete narrative biography of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, by acclaimed music journalist and Rolling Stone senior writer David Browne.

Even in the larger-than-life world of rock and roll, it was hard to imagine four more different men. David Crosby, the opinionated hippie guru. Stephen Stills, the perpetually driven musician. Graham Nash, the tactful pop craftsman. Neil Young, the creatively restless loner. But together, few groups were as in sync with their times as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Starting with the original trio's landmark 1969 debut album, the group embodied much about its era: communal music making, protest songs that took on the establishment and Richard Nixon, and liberal attitudes toward partners and lifestyles. Their group or individual songs - "Wooden Ships", "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes", "After the Gold Rush", "For What It's Worth" (with Stills and Young's Buffalo Springfield), "Love the One You're With", "Long Time Gone", "Just a Song Before I Go", "Southern Cross" - became the soundtrack of a generation. 

But their story would rarely be as harmonious as their legendary and influential vocal blend. In the years that followed, these four volatile men would continually break up, reunite, and disband again - all against a backdrop of social and musical change, recurring disagreements and jealousies, and self-destructive tendencies that threatened to cripple them both as a group and as individuals.

In Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: The Wild, Definitive Saga of Rock's Greatest Supergroup, longtime music journalist and Rolling Stone writer David Browne presents the ultimate deep dive into rock and roll's most musical and turbulent brotherhood on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. Featuring exclusive interviews with David Crosby and Graham Nash along with band members, colleagues, fellow superstars, former managers, employees, and lovers - and with access to unreleased music and documents - Browne takes listeners backstage and onstage, into the musicians' homes, recording studios, and psyches, to chronicle the creative and psychological ties that have bound these men together - and sometimes torn them apart. This is the sweeping story of rock's longest-running, most dysfunctional, yet preeminent musical family, delivered with the epic feel their story rightly deserves.

©2019 David Browne (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Few rock and roll sagas are as genuinely epic as this one, in which, over nearly five decades, four enormous talents/egos come together, find musical perfection, and fall apart in seemingly unlimited ways. With unparalleled skill and wry insight, David Browne chases down the details of CSNY's unique collaboration, uncovering larger truths about creativity and collaboration, debauchery and recovery, and a generation's harmonizing heart." (Ann Powers, author of Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music)

"A vivacious journey into a collision of four oversized egos - three of them producing a harmony as strange and inspired as any in rock and roll, a fourth achieving work of such strange and stunning genius that the world has yet to catch up. Beneath those harmonies was much clangor and static, even more than we knew, and Browne captures it all in this magnificent and definitive book." (David Yaffe, author of Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell)

"[Browne] appears to have talked to nearly every living soul with a part to play in the band's long career.... An excellent portrait of a troubled partnership...celebrates those fine moments when the band merged to make such epochal songs as 'Suite: Judy Blue Eyes' and 'Ohio.'" (Kirkus Reviews)

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  • Tallyfish
  • 21-05-2019

Best CSNY Book to date

Well researched and comprehensive book covering 50 years of the group both together and separate.

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  • charles wartelle
  • 03-06-2019

Comprehensive, but how did they the Music?

I hate biographies that focus on the artists foibles, and comment only passingly on the creative process. To me, this fits in with biographies written by Kitty Kelly and Albert Goldman, who focus completely on scandal. The only difference here is that Mr. Browne does not despise his subjects. He seems to identify with their left wing politics, which I actually find to be their least appealing aspect. I do not look to rock legends for guidance on political issues, I do appreciate that CSNY reached their lofty position in the pantheon of Rock n Roll because of their consistent ability to connect with their audience on both an intellectual and viseral level, with music that transends cultural barriers. They have never let their internal demons or their personal battles stifle their creativity. Creating great, timeless music that thrives with subsequent generations is not as easy as Mr. Browne portrays, nor is a hobby of otherwise self centered and self indulgent jerks. It is a rare gift, and to have it come together in these four individuals expressed in the purest of harmonies is more than a small miracle.

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  • Steve
  • 02-10-2019

Lots of conjecture based on patchwork of info

Author in an attempt to tell they story presents CSN in a rather poor and light. As if they were helpless souls in need of Neil Young. Don't get me wrong a lot of good background but I think the story is colored in a way that is less than believable.

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  • Dean
  • 28-11-2019

Fabulously Atrocious

This audiobook is something of an abject disaster.
The narrator is by far the worst I have encountered in my 5 years of Audible membership .
The protagonists were and are some of the most over-rated musicians of the entire 20th century. Yes , there were some good memorable songs , but they were drowned out by poor live performance , drug addled time wasting , rock star pompadour , and generally shitty affluent attitudes and behaviour . A forgettable chapter of 20th century history .

PS : I forced myself to listen critically again to some of their feted songs ( Wooden Ships , Guinnevere , Suite Judy Blue Eyes , There comes a time ...etc . The performances and production have not aged well . Crosby's ' Thousand Roads ' album is an exception , as is Young's ' Harvest Moon ' .

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  • JRM
  • 14-08-2019

fantastic read

This is a compelling and thorough history of all 4 musicians and their body of work.