When the unprepossessing album Crosby, Stills & Nash was released in 1969, it flew in the face of the predominant rock & roll wisdom of the day. Gentle folkish harmonies going up against megawattage Telecasters and Strats?
Wistful fairytales about wooden ships on the water competing with smash-your-head- against-the-wall full-blown rock & roll? Not gonna happen, man. No way. Get those wimps outta here!
Then a funny thing happened. CS&N happened, and happened in a big way. To get back in 1969 in the rock & roll world, that year began as the War of the Guitar Giants. Led by Jimi Hendrix’s blistering attack, decibels were crashing through the ceiling. Eric Clapton had just debuted the much-ballyhooed supergroup Blind Faith with a free concert for 100,000 in London’s Hyde Park.