Crosby, Stills & Nash :: Revisiting Guinnevere

csn.jpgIt’s no secret I have an interest in the late sixties, early seventies Laurel Canyon/L.A. music scene; even today, living in Los Angeles, you occasionally catch a glimpse of its past, be it an aging bungalow, a street, or the hills themselves.

Being long before my time, in an effort to get closer to the tunes themselves, I have consumed a number of books, biographies and random accounts of the era, as the contrasting shades of light and dark in the music, an obvious reflection of the times, fascinate me.

An example of this contrast can be found on CSN’s 1969 self-titled debut. On it, David Crosby penned a pretty tune by the name of “Guinnevere” that has long sent chills down my spine. I would listen over and over, trying to catch exactly what it was that both intrigued me, and yet a the same time, felt so engulfed in a dark cloud.

Upcoming: Heads up, look for the Crosby, Stills & Nash unreleased demos, from 1969, posted here in the near future.

Crosby, Stills & Nash :: Guinnevere
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10 thoughts on “Crosby, Stills & Nash :: Revisiting Guinnevere

  1. David Crosby’s demo for this track is awesome. Jack Casady’s bass is a nice touch. It wqould have made a great Byrds track.

  2. So I’m going to get the 1969 self-titled debut after hearing “Guinnevere”

    I need another recommendation by the same band.

  3. there’s a documentary about joni mitchell which does a nice job portraying that period and the canyon culture. it doesn’t go into as much detail as i’d have liked but it’s good. you might like it. i saw it on pbs. you could probably google and find it. i share your fascination and love for that laurel canyon late 60s early 70s scene. i love your blog.

  4. I just caught wind of an event that just happened last night in DC. This “Pray for Peace” included performances by Graham Nash, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, and others. A local radio station has pics, video and audio from the event. Check it out at

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