Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Graham Nash Says Neil Young Added ‘Toxic Masculinity’ to the Group

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young performing in London, 1974.

Singer/songwriters Graham Nash and Neil Young have always had a complicated relationship. After Crosby, Stills & Nash formed in the late 1960s, they knew their music was groundbreaking. No one harmonized like them. They inspired singers like Stevie Nicks. However, fame and money eventually affected them. They started fighting over everything, including women. When Young began playing with the group, their toxic masculinity only worsened.

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Crosby, Stills & Nash’s excessive drug use and toxic masculinity undid their relationship with one another

Crosby, Stills, and Nash first played together at Nash’s then-girlfriend Joni Mitchell’s house. Nash told the Guardian, “The world f***ing changed from that moment. And that’s what Joni was the only witness to.”

After that, the three couldn’t stop harmonizing. Nash said, “We used to go to our friends’ houses in Laurel Canyon, me and David and Stephen with a couple of guitars, and we’d kill them. We were f***ing fantastic. We had discovered a new way of singing, of creating a vocal blend, making our three voices into one. They could not believe what we were doing.”

In the beginning, Nash says the three were “in heaven.” However, their relationship started to disintegrate due to their egos, drug use, and toxic masculinity as time went on.

Nash said, “When we first started there were no egos. I think that came from all the cocaine we snorted. That’s what brought egos into it. There were an enormous amount of drugs being taken.”

Nash once asked the singer Rita Coolidge out on a date. However, Stills called her and said Nash was sick and that he’d take her. Stills and Coolidge lived with each other for a few weeks before Nash “won” her back.

In his memoir, Wild Tales, Nash mentioned Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and Papas. He wrote that the only reason he went to meet the band was because he “wanted to f*** Michelle.”

Nash continued, “Well, I didn’t want to f*** John, I didn’t want to f*** Denny, and I didn’t want to f*** Cass. I wanted to f*** Michelle.” He paused. “Now this was pure toxic masculinity. Completely.”

According to Nash, the group’s toxic masculinity only worsened when Young joined.

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Graham Nash said Neil Young brought more toxic masculinity to the group

In 1969, Young joined the trio. While the newly formed quartet made more great music together, their relationship with each other wasn’t always the best. Nash claims more toxic masculinity came into Crosby, Stills & Nash when Young joined the group.

“It became more evident when Neil joined,” Nash said. “I’ve stood in the middle of Stephen and Neil countless times, with these two stags talking to each other through guitar riffs.” The Guardian asked, “If Stills and Young were stags, what were he and Crosby?” Nash replied, “We were the grass that kept the two stags alive.”

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Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet


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