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Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

The Wild, Definitive Saga of Rock's Greatest Supergroup
Written by: David Browne
Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
Length: 21 hrs and 43 mins
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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

What the critics say

"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
  • 2019-05-21

Best CSNY Book to date

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

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  • Steve
  • 2019-10-02

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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  • charles wartelle
  • 2019-06-03

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-08-18

Couldn't finish this one

I can't tell if the writing is sub-par, or if it's just the absolutely awful narrator. He must be the LEAST rock n roll narrator of all time. The story itself is somewhat interesting, though the writing reminds me of someone who was never cool but who's trying really, really hard to be cool, using lots of cliche language & unoriginal thought. I got through about 10 hrs of this one before giving it up.

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  • bill1
  • 2020-04-16

Discography missing

Very long book with complicated lives and many interlocking albums. A discography should be included, since the author would had one when he wrote the book. Lowered my ranking to this otherwise fine book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-03-02

Pomp and Circumstance

I found that the story was very interesting and kept my attention. but it was hard to ignore the annoying delivery of the reader. he pronounced names incorrectly. my only criticism about the book itself is the authors need to use intricate vocabulary. I consider myself not a slouch when it comes to vocabulary and terminology but some of the words were ridiculous.

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  • William Goff
  • 2020-01-19

Wow what a read

In my youth many bands carried equipment my family and I serviced. This band I only serviced the Leslie speakers on a few occasions. This was a long, long book filed with issues I never noticed though seeing them at shows in New England area over the years. Great read

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  • JRM
  • 2019-08-14

fantastic read

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

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  • Dean
  • 2019-11-28

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 ' .