In 1974, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young put on a stadium trek and thus proved a tour of super-sized venues was not only feasible, but also wildly profitable. Graham Nash, who produced a 3-CD/1-DVD box set documenting that summer 40 years ago, claims that putting the set together was even more difficult than the quartet’s infamous careerlong infighting.
”It wasn’t personal at all,” he explains. “It was technical, because all the multi-tracks we made were done in different places. Some were outdoors to thousands and thousands of people. Some were indoors. My job was to make it appear that you were sitting in the audience in one hall. I didn’t want your brain thinking, ‘Well that sounds different from the last track’ or ‘Obviously this is from a different night.’
“I wanted to present a concert where you didn’t think about anything but the music and the performances.”
Twice inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with both CSN and the Hollies, Nash also signs copies of his autobiography, Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life, at BookPeople during the Thursday lunch hour. Chapter one of the book, where Nash describes the first time he sang with Crosby and Stills at Joni Mitchell’s house, reads magically.
“That’s where my great life started,” claims Nash. “I had a great life before meeting David and Stephen, of course. But that point, as a musician, was a high point of my life. I was trying to make the book as if we were sitting in your kitchen talking.”– Jim Caligiuri