• Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

  • The Wild, Definitive Saga of Rock's Greatest Supergroup
  • By: David Browne
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 21 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (184 ratings)

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Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

By: David Browne
Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
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Publisher's summary

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

"Riveting." (People Magazine)

"This is one of the great rock and roll stories." (New York Times Book Review)

Even in the larger-than-life world of rock and roll, it was hard to imagine four more different men. Yet 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, their 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", "Ohio", "For What It's Worth" (with Stills and Young's Buffalo Springfield) - became the soundtrack of a generation.

Over the decades, these four men would continually break up, reunite, and disband again - all against a backdrop of social and musical change, recurring disagreements, and self-destructive tendencies that threatened to cripple them as a group and as individuals. In Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: The Wild, Definitive Saga of Rock's Greatest Supergroup, Rolling Stone senior writer David Browne presents the ultimate deep dive into rock and roll's most musical and turbulent brotherhood. Featuring exclusive interviews with band members, colleagues, fellow superstars, former managers, employees, and lovers - and with access to unreleased music and documents - 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)

"The long, tangled, thorny story of CSNY requires a writer of David Browne's immense skill to unravel, and he delivers beautifully. Sympathetic without being fawning, as astute a critic as he is a conscientious reporter, Browne chronicles the lives and music of these four iconic artists with unfailing intelligence, humor, and grace. This is a riveting read from beginning to what may or may not be the end of this fascinating band." (Anthony DeCurtis, author of Lou Reed: A Life)

"[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)