David Crosby Discusses the Origins of His Feud With Graham Nash
David Crosby has provided insight into a simmering feud with Graham Nash that boiled over publicly earlier this month, pointing to Nash’s autobiography as a sticking point. Nash confirmed the end of Crosby, Stills and Nash, saying he hadn’t been getting along with Crosby for some time.
But before that interview appeared, Crosby had already confirmed the band’s hiatus in a talk with the (San Diego) Union-Tribune. “I wouldn’t say CSN was alive and well, no,” Crosby said in comments from late February that were published this week. “I’d say it’s on indefinite hold.”
Passages that Crosby says were fabricated from Nash’s 2013 memoir Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life appear to have soured their relationship. “Graham’s book is full of inaccuracies and chock-full of misinformation,” Crosby said. “When he handed [an advance copy] to me, he said, ‘It’s too late to change anything, but here it is.’ I was very unhappy about it. It’s a very shallow, very self-serving book, and full of BS.”
Crosby cited several instances where he insists Nash took too much creative license, writing “things that were not true because they would sell the book.” As they grew apart, Crosby returned to his solo career, issuing Croz in 2014. Now he has not one but two more albums arriving soon. The first, tentatively titled Lighthouse, is a collaboration with Michael League of Snarky Puppy, a Grammy-winning jazz band. The second project, as with Croz, finds Crosby working with his son James Raymond.
Contacted again by the Union-Tribune yesterday, Crosby avoided talk of Nash. “I don’t want to even go there,” he said. “I’m going to take the high road. I’m very, very happy. And I’m extremely happy the music is coming to me in such a wonderful way. I have a finished album in my computer, and another one on the way. My family loves me, I love them, and I’m having a blast on the road. And that’s my answer to everything.”
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