Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: When egos clashed in the golden age of the Woodstock
David Browne’s history gets lost in a haze; Peter Doggett’s focuses on the golden age
Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young: romantic lyrics and penchant for political protest galvanised a devoted following. Photograph: Henry Diltz/Corbis
There was a time when Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young were regarded as the ultimate supergroup, the equivalent of a latter-day American Beatles and the living embodiment of what was termed the “Woodstock generation”.
Acclaimed as masters of the acoustic ballad in the golden age of the singer-songwriter, they also offered a hard-rocking electric side crystallised in the fiery guitar interaction of Stills and Young. They brought a new sophistication to rock music at the end of the 1960s, utilising invaluable experience gained in classic groups such as the Byrds, the Hollies and Buffalo Springfield.