OUT NOW: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, DEJA VU 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION
It's the album that for millions for music fans around the world defines an era: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's instantly classic Deja Vu. Out now in 50th anniversary deluxe edition form, the landmark LP has found the band members coming out to reflect on such a flashpoint moment in the lives of so many people, none less so than themselves. Case in point: a new deep-dive Stephen Stills interview with UK music publication, UNCUT. Stills keeps things exceedingly real throughout the candid conversation.
"We had all come to think quite a lot of ourselves. The bless of fame was wearing off," Stills admitted. "Some people get famous and the more famous they get the smarter they think they are and they know everything about everything - that was rampant among us, but judging by what I've been reading in the press of the time everybody was doing a great job of covering up just how prickly it was. We talked everything to death and that would take hours. It was the adjustment to working with Neil."
Asked about a specific memory jarred by a particular song from the album, Stills shared a story about the genesis of "Carry On": "When we first arrived in San Francisco, we went down to Wally Heider's in the Tenderloin which is sort of like your East End. Graham and I quickly realized we didn't have an opener, so we had this intense conversation. We were staying in this horrid motel and that's where the lightning struck and I wrote 'Carry On.' I played that for Graham the next day and said 'Will that do?,' and he was very happy. We were quite keen at the beginning of these sessions, but then it seemed to drag on and on."
When pressed to give up some dirt about Deja Vu that he'd never told anyone, Stills delivered a tasty nugget about the record's famous cover image: "Well, it had the most expensive album cover in the history of album covers, and that was all my fault. Because I thought of that concept of the old picture and the old photo album, and then the art director took it and made it perfect. Ahmet [Ertegun] never let me forget about it. He changed it back to a photo of the mock-up as quickly as they could. Couldn't Atlantic afford it? Tell them that! I'm still trying to find out if they double billed for the sessions. I'm biting the hand that feeds, so I'd better stop before I talk myself into too much trouble." Read the full interview here.