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Graham Nash: Always Moving Forward While Embracing His Past

"Just a song before I go

A lesson to be learned

Traveling twice the speed of sound

It's easy to get burned..."

If you're Graham Nash and your pedigree includes membership in rock's first, and still most formidable supergroup, Crosby, Stills, & Nash (and, better yet, Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young), it's only natural that you'd spend at least part of your time reflecting on the past.

After all, Nash's musical legacy stretches back a full five decades, dating from when he participated in the advance guard of the British Invasion with the Hollies. His credence and credibility were already elevated by contributions to hits like "Look Through Any Window," "Just One Look," and "Carrie Ann." Nash's ascent to superstardom was well underway even before he arrived on these shores and connected with David Crosby and Stephen Stills in the recesses of L.A.'s Laurel Canyon.

Aside from a brief one-off reunion in the early '80s and mentions in last year's autobiography, Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life, Nash has rarely revisited his Hollies legacy. On the other hand, his devotion to CSN and CSNY has never wavered. He recently oversaw the release of CSNY 1974, a sprawling CD/DVD combination box set that documents the band's legendary victory tour encompassing stadiums and arenas throughout the U.S. and Europe. Notably too, Nash produced career-spanning retrospectives for his CSN bandmates Crosby and Stills, an act of camaraderie that's impressive in its own right.

And then there are his tours with the band, an ongoing venture that's continued with little let-up, from their formative years in the late '60s to the present day. Nash's contributions to the band's canon -- songs such as "Teach Your Children," "Our House," "Marrakesh Express," and "Just a Song Before I Go" -- make him an intrinsic part of that conglomerate, even though it sometimes comes at the expense of maintaining his own individual efforts.

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Lee Zimmerman

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