Crosby & Nash Recall Placing Social Politics Above Chart Success
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young made history over 41 years ago, when they rush released Neil Young's "Ohio" only days after the National Guard gunned down four students at Ohio's Kent State University during the campus' protest of America's invasion of Cambodia. The single was issued only weeks after CSNY's "Teach Your Children," which was steadily moving up the charts, in effect cutting the single's chances of hitting the Top 10. With each song vying for airplay, both were forced to settle for Top 20 honors -- with "Teach Your Children" peaking at Number 16 and "Ohio" topping out at Number 14.
In the bonus features of the new DVD CSN 2012, Graham Nash and David Crosby shed light on how the group made the decision to put social politics above their chart success: (Graham Nash): "We put out 'Ohio' in 12 days with a 45 (picture sleeve) cover of the Constitution with four bullet holes in it and we killed our own single. (David Crosby): We had 'Teach Your Children' halfway up the charts goin' for Number One and Nash pulled it. (Graham Nash): Do you think out managers were happy? Do you think our record company was happy? I don't think so. But, y'know what? They let us do what we want. They realized we are a different kind of band. For me, bringing out the point of 'Ohio' and the slaughter of our students with their God given constitutional right to address grievances of their government. That was more important than me having a hit with my song."
Crosby, Stills, & Nash tour dates (subject to change):
July 27 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium 
July 28 - Paducah, KY - Carson Center 
July 30 - Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion At Riverbend 
July 31 - Toledo, OH - Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre 
August 2 - St. Louis, MO - Fabulous Fox Theatre 
August 3 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival At Ravinia Park 
August 5 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theatre 
August 6 - Minneapolis, MN - The Orpheum Theatre 
August 8 - Lincoln, NE - Pinewood Bowl Amphitheatre
August 9 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre 
August 11 - Wichita, KS - Hartman Arena 
August 12 - Oklahoma City, OK - Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre 
August 14 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre At Grand Prairie 
August 15 - The Woodlands, TX - The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 
August 17 - San Antonio, TX - Majestic Theatre 
August 18 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater 
August 20 - Albuquerque, NM - Route 66 Casino 
August 21 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre 
August 23 - Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Garden 
August 24 - Boise, ID - Idaho Botanical Garden 
September 4 - Phoenix, AZ - Symphony Hall 
September 5 - Tucson, AZ - Anselmo Valencia Tori Amphitheatre
September 7 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
September 8 - San Jose, CA - San Jose Civic 
September 11 - Eugene, OR - Cuthbert Amphitheater 
September 12 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
September 14 - Woodinville, WA - Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery 
September 15 - Airway Heights, WA - Northern Quest Casino 
September 17 - Arcata, CA - John Van Duzer Theatre 
September 19, 20 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore 
September 22 - Reno, NV - Reno Events Center 
September 23 - San Rafael, CA - Marin Center 
September 25 - Modesto, CA - Gallo Center For The Arts 
September 28 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl 
September 29 - San Diego, CA - Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay 
September 30 - Temecula, CA - Pechanga Resort & Casino
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