Sunday 29 August 2021

Cover Story: CSN

    When Crosby, Stills, and Nash had pretty much finished recording their first album, they hired a photographer friend to take some shots for the album cover.  They and the photographer Henry Diltz drove around LA looking for an interesting location to shoot the picture.  They took shots at many locations and as they drove around, they saw a derelict abandoned house with a couch sitting on the porch, so they stopped, had CSN sit on the old sofa, and Diltz took some photos.

    When Diltz had the photos developed, Crosby, Stills, and Nash came over to look at them and they immediately all agreed upon the shot where the three of them were sitting on the couch in front of the old house.  Great, problem solved, but then someone noticed that they were sitting in the wrong order: Nash, Stills, and Crosby, instead of Crosby, Stills, and Nash.  

    It was suggested that they could just flip the photo around so the order would be correct, but that would make Stills look like he was playing the guitar left-handed, and that wouldn’t do.  Henry Diltz said, “Look, let’s just drive back out to the house tomorrow and take another shot with everyone sitting in the right order, that should only take five minutes.”

    It was agreed, so the next day they all drove back out to the place and and to their surprise, they discovered that it had been bulldozed to the ground the previous day and the remains of the house lay in a big pile at the end of the property.

    Their plan defeated, they just decided to go with the photo of the group sitting in the incorrect order on the sofa for their album cover.

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