August 17, 1969 — Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young play their first live concert at a venue in Chicago. Somewhere during the performance, they tell the audience that they’re going to place called Woodstock the next day, but they have no idea where that is.
Lo and behold, the next day, the last day of Woodstock, they get on stage:
“This is only the second time we’ve performed in front of people, man. We’re scared shitless.”
MP3: “Woodstock” – CSNY
We are stardust/We are golden
This song is from CSNY’s awesome 1974 album So Far. But surprise, surprise, it was written by Joni Mitchell in a NYC hotel room as she watched reports of the festival on TV.
I first discovered CSNY when I was in 7th grade, long after the group had released their last album. I got a couple albums from one of my friends, and another couple after digging through my Dad’s CD collection. You had good taste back in the day, Pops! Getting all those albums in a matter of weeks was almost (but not quite) as awesome as discovering Scrubs 5 seasons in. Eeeeaaaggglleee.
CSN and CSNY were a pillar of my musical identity for a long time, and I still get it moods where I can listen to them for hours at a time. If you’re not familiar, definitely give them a listen.
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