I've got some David Crosby playing in the background after having watched most of "CSNY 50 by 4" last night. Their first album came out when I was in high school. James Taylor, Led Zepplin, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, the Doors, and then CSNY (there were actually so many others). There was a book "The Rock and Roll Encyclopedia" that came out not too long after that told much of the story of Laurel Canyon. This was a time when not every piece of information in the world was at one's fingertips (great story about naming the 7 dwarfs I'll get to one day). So there were lengthy discussions by a bunch of us sharing the one piece of the puzzle we had about just how CSN and Y came together. The Hollies, the Byrds and all the interactions that were required to make magic happen. The movie does a good job of putting all that together (several others discuss the Laurel Canyon itself and an excellent article documents the environment in detail).
[Turns out that was 50 years ago. Remarkable that I remember it so well since I'm not nearly that old. ]( Collapse )