Graham Nash - September 27th - Hudson Union Society
Graham Nash is the legendary musician and founding member of the iconic bands Crosby, Stills & Nash. Graham Nash's songs defined a generation and helped shape the history of rock and roll, he's written over 200 songs. From the opening salvos of the British Rock Revolution to the last shudders of Woodstock, he has rocked and rolled wherever music mattered.
Nash has helped shape the world around him through ideas, innovations, and influential works of art for more than four decades. One of music's most legendary singer-songwriters and vocal harmonists, Nash has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, once with Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1997 in 2010 once with The Hollies; Nash was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009.
Nash departed The Hollies in '68, and went on to form Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) with David Crosby and Stephen Stills, after connecting and harmonizing with them in Laurel Canyon. Among the classic songs he's composed for CSN (and CSN&Y), with whom he still tours and records are Marrakesh Express, Teach Your Children, Our House, Lady Of The Island, and Just A Song Before I Go. The trios landmark 1969 album Crosby, Stills and Nash was a very strong debut for the band, instantly lifting them to stardom. Neil Young joined them for the follow-up, 1970's #1 CSN&Y debut Deja Vu and earned CSNY that year's GRAMMY for Best New Artist, both albums are included on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time. Other highlights include the 1971 CSN&Y live double-LP 4 Way Street, CSN's Daylight Again (1982), CSNY's American Dream(1988), Looking Forward (1999), CSNY's Deja Vu - Living With War album and movie (2008).
Nash was appointed OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth in 2010. That same year, the group with which he first rose to fame, British Invasion icons The Hollies (named for Buddy Holly), were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their mid-to-late 1960s chart success rivaled that of the Beatles and the Stones with hits including On A Carousel, Bus Stop, Carrie Anne, King Midas In Reverse, andPay You Back With Interest.
As a solo artist, Nash's repertoire reaches back to 1971's Songs For Beginners, which introduced signature songs includingMilitary Madness and Chicago - We Can Change The World. Nash's ongoing collaboration as a duo with David Crosby also dates back that far, a partnership captured early on with the 1971 live recording Another Stoney Evening.
As ever, Nash's passionate voice continues to be heard in support of peace, and social and environmental justice. Graham Nash is currently on a 70-plus date tour with Crosby, Stills and Nash.
At the Society Graham will tell his story: his lower-class childhood in post-war England, his early days in the British Invasion group The Hollies; becoming the lover and muse of Joni Mitchell during the halcyon years, when both produced their most introspective and important work; meeting Stephen Stills and David Crosby and reaching superstardom with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; and his enduring career as a solo musician and political activist. Nash will share his valuable insights into a world and time many think they know from the outside but few have experienced at its epicenter, and equally wonderful anecdotes about the people around him: the Beatles, the Stones, Hendrix, Dylan, and other rock luminaries. This will be fascination evening and insight of a magical era of music.
Each paid attendee will receive Nash's upcoming memoir Wild Tales.