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Eye To Eye With Graham Nash In New York

If you were not lucky enough to catch Graham Nash’s recent photography and art show (simply titled “The Art Of Graham Nash” at NYC’s ACA Galleries, his people tell us that more shows (and art signings/receptions) will be coming up. We were lucky enough to go to the reception for Nash’s show and have to say it’s the most interesting art and photography show we’ve even caught by a veteran rock star. Even Susan Sarandon turned up for the opening and seemed blown away by whats she saw. 

We were lucky enough to chat with Nash at his reception, although it was more about the unpredictable New York weather and his huge winning streak on Rock And Roll Jeopardy back in the day than about his art. (He admitted about Rock And Roll Jeopardy with a smile on his face: “I couldn’t stop winning!” Indeed, he wound up raising tens of thousands of dollars for his favorite charities on that much-missed VH1 show where his only rival in rock and roll knowledge was Mark McGrath.)

Nash with legendary New York publicist Liz Derringer (left) and friend at the ACA Galleries reception in his honor.
The photography features not only celebs (there are a lot of shots of best friend David Crosby but none of Stephen Stills, in case you’re curious) but moving, very gritty black and white multi-media collages on historical subject matters like Civil Rights in the South circa the 50s and 60s and the Viet Nam War. There are also a few acrylic pop art pieces that are plays on vintage advertising as well.

Nash with themacwire.com’s good friend, freelance journalist Gail Worley (be sure to visit worleygig.com).
Our favorite items presently touring the art galleries are Nash’s self-portrait “mirror pics” (that’s what we call them anyway). Apparently, the singer-songwriter started this series of photos way back in 1969 because the earliest photo in the recent collection was taken in a round mirror in a hotel room way back in CS&N’s early days of touring. Skip to the five current mirror pics that were on display at the ACA Galleries in October–and you will see that Nash used the same portable round mirror to obtain similar results although he used different restrooms in the 2011 and 2012 pics!
One of Nash’s fabulous self-portraits.
There are some deeply personal photos here including a nude one taken of his wife Susan when she was pregnant back in 1979 and the night in 1997 that CS&N was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame at NYC’s Waldorf Astoria. Some of Nash’s deepest roots are traced in photos of his return visits to Manchester UK where he grew up, and there are also some pastel portraits of some of his favorite musicians including one of Al Kooper (where he oddly looks like Keith Richards thanks to the beard stubble and stoned expression). There are a couple of nice watercolor self-portraits thrown into the mix.
One of the famous “mirror shots” by Nash, circa 2011.
We here at the MAC WIRE look forward to Nash’s next exhibit in New York (we’re hoping it will be in the new year) and in the meantime, we’ll be looking at his official website (www.grahamnash.com) for updates on both his art and music, as well as checking out Eye To Eye, the coffee table book he co-authored with Garrett White, that features a lot of the pieces just discussed. The book can be ordered from amazon. com as well as Nash’s website. We’re also looking forward to Nash’s autobiography currently being penned with noted Beatles biographer Mark Spitz.–Anne M. Raso
A pastel drawing of David Crosby in younger days.
(All photos by Anne Raso except publicity shot at top courtesy Michael Jensen Communications.)
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AUDIO FIDELITY GOES ‘GOLD’ WITH 24-KARAT CD REISSUES OF TWO ERA-DEFINING ALBUMS OF THE ’60S AND ’70S

Crosby, Stills & Nash’s Legendary Debut and Gary Wright’s Dream Weaver Get Deluxe Treatment on New Limited-Edition Discs
Set for December 6 Release!

Audio Fidelity, the premiere audiophile imprint, has set December 6 for its release of 24 Karat Gold CD versions of Crosby, Stills & Nash‘s 1969 debut album CROSBY, STILLS & NASH, and Gary Wright‘s 1975 THE DREAM WEAVER, it was announced by Marshall Blonstein, president of the label. The albums, which enjoyed a combined tenure of 182 consecutive weeks on Billboard’s chart, will be issued as numbered, limited editions that will be retired after each set’s initial run has sold out. Both will be available through online and brick-and-mortar retailers.

CROSBY, STILLS & NASH occupies a special place-both musically and historically-within the annals of American pop. Issued in May of 1969, the collection of close-harmony performances introduced one of rock’s most venerated supergroups, comprised of three creative coequal partners who had left their previous groups to form a more perfect union. The album became the record of the summer of ’69, garnering saturation airplay on the then-new FM radio format and spawning two Top-30 singles in Graham Nash’s “Marrakesh Express” and Stephen Stills’ paean to Judy Collins, “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.” By the time the trio performed at the Woodstock Festival three months later, CROSBY, STILLS & NASH was a Top-10 album on its way to a 107-week stay on the charts.
 
Other highlights of the album include David Crosby’s bluesy “Long Time Gone,” Stills’ folk-rocking “49 Bye-Byes” and “Wooden Ships,” a sci-fi fantasy penned by Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner with Crosby and Stills.  Characteristically, Audio Fidelity has paid close attention to detail in its restoration of the disc-though at least one modification has been made.  Part of the preparation of the reissue, explains Blonstein, “had to do with the ‘n’ in Nash’s song ‘Guinnevere.’  Since 1969, every vinyl, cassette and CD version of the album had it spelled with two n’s.  But recently the group decided to take out the [historically inaccurate] extra ‘n.’  So our CD booklet, tray card and even the original LP labels now show the title with just the one ‘n.'”

Crosby, Stills & Nash retain their stature as a cornerstone act of Classic Rock radio and as progenitors of the singer-songwriter movement.  Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, the trio continues to tour and record more than four decades after the release of this landmark album.

Like Crosby, Stills & Nash, keyboardist-singer Gary Wright is often associated with a specific time and cultural place:  the mid-1970s, when popular music was frequently experimenting and pushing boundaries and an unconventional track like “Dream Weaver” could ascend to Number 2 on the singles charts.  American-born Wright released the spacey yet hook-filled THE DREAM WEAVER in June of 1975, after serving time with British rockers Spooky Tooth and contributing to George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass.

Wright not only composed  and sings all the songs on THE DREAM WEAVER, he provides the bulk of the instrumentation, playing organ and electric piano, Moog synthesizer and other keyboards on the largely guitar-less album.  The title track was issued in January of 1976 and quickly became a hit, to be followed in April by the funk-infused “My Love Is Alive” (which also rose to No.2 on Billboard’s song survey).  A third charting single, the more uptempo “Made to Love You,” came out that September.  THE DREAM WEAVER stayed on the charts for 75 consecutive weeks, and while Wright went on to record more long-players, it remains his biggest seller and among a handful of releases that will forever conjure memories of the mid-’70s for rock aficionados of a certain age.  The title cut has been featured in such films as Wayne’s World and Toy Story 3.

Founded in 2002, Audio Fidelity specializes in deluxe reissues of classic popular-music recordings for the audiophile and collector markets. The Camarillo, California-based label is best known for its 24-Karat Gold CDs and its 180-gram virgin-vinyl album editions, as well as a line of popular DVD titles.  Audio Fidelity emerged out of the pioneering DCC Compact Classics label that its founder, music-industry veteran Marshall Blonstein, started in 1986, following his tenure as president of Island Records and co-founder of Ode Records (where he helped make Carole King’s Tapestry one of the best-selling albums of all time and built the cult-film franchises The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke).