Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s 50-Year Quest

Music to Change the World

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About the Book

Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, with their distinct vocal harmonies, blending of rock, jazz, folk, and blues, and political and social activism, have remained one of the most enduring musical acts of the 1960s. This book examines their songs and themes, which continue to resonate with contemporary listeners, and argues that Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young reflect part of the broader story of American culture. This appreciative volume contextualizes their work within the political climate of the late 1960s, and makes the case that the values and concerns expressed in their music thread through the American experience today.

About the Author(s)

Robert McParland is a professor of English at Felician University in Rutherford, New Jersey. His popular music writings include publications on The Beatles, The Who, U2, Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty, Paul Simon, and American lyricists.

Bibliographic Details

Robert McParland
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 194
Bibliographic Info: chronology, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7489-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3600-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Introduction: Music to Change the World 3
1. Beginnings: Becoming Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young 9
2. Enter Neil Young 33
3. Going Solo 45
4. Almost Cut My Hair: Lifestyle, Social Concern and the Sixties 57
5. On a Four Way Street: From 1975 to 1990 78
6. American Dreams and Cultural Memory 88
7. Speaking Out: Political Activism 117
8. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young Now 136
Video and Print Resources 153
Chronology 161
Chapter Notes 165
Bibliography 173
Index 181