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Carrying on with Stephen Stills

Interviewing a legend, and one of my heroes, tends to make the night before the interview a bit restless.  I prepared a boat load of questions, and due to time issues, I didn't get to so many things that I wanted to know about.  Well, next time, right? 

I've had a big crush on Stephen Stills since I first heard Buffalo Springfield's "Sit Down I Think I Love You" and "Bluebird."  I was hooked on that voice.  Then came Crosby Stills Nash...and Young, and all the combinations thereof, the Supersessions album with Bloomfield and Kooper, and Manassas!  Whew!  All great stuff, and all in my collection. 

Now if you don't have all that in your music library, then you will want to get yourself the 4 CD set, "Carry On."  There's the songs you know, rarities, previously unreleased stuff, and a huge book of liner notes for geeks like me!

I'm looking forward to a chance to talk to this amazing man again, becuase I have a whole page of questions that never got asked.  But just having a conversation with him was pure bliss. I hope you enjoy the conversation.


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04/24/2013 2:33PM
Carrying on with Stephen Stills
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04/30/2013 7:18PM
Awesome Interview! Thank You
I want to compliment you on a great interview Iris Harrison! Like you I have been a long time Stephen Stills admirer-of both the man and his music. His magical ability to weave his poetic lyrics to music for over 50 years is astounding. His beautiful songs have been my refuge in the worst times of my life and my joy in the best of times. Thank you for posting this for all of us to hear. I enjoyed it immensely.
02/05/2014 11:02AM
ROCK-U-PIE festival from MJ12theband
Do you think Stephen and the guys' or you would be interesed in making this happen? We have an idea for a Labor Day Fest and calling it "Rock-U-Pie" - Are you interested in helping talk to the right people and organize? 1/01/14: Cool you like the idea(early stages of conception) Have a couple locations in mind(one is a private(less Govt. reg) 28 acre field with electricity, well, 100x50 Bldg, and large pond East of Eugene, Lawrence Rd. and Poodle Creek). Have not contacted the property owner yet. Although might be good to try some place like the Gorge Amphitheater (infrastructure in place, but would the owners volunteer? - Doubt it) Then there's *Milo McIver State Park where the 'Vortex 1' festival took place in Oregon in 1970 attracting over 100,000 anti-war music lovers. We have in mind, 3 days of Local and Big name acts(diversified genres). The event should be recorded and filmed and the proceeds put into a trust to help workers defend their rights, voting rights, environmental issues, etc. Nice if it were to become an annual event............... Guest social-political-economic speakers during morning and early afternoon(from early morning till 1:00PM and/or between musical acts). Need to get some influential folks involved, such as Activists, Politicians, Business Sponsors, Promoters, KGON(radio stations), Music Biz Big-shots. We're thinking the event should be FREE ADMISSION WITH FOOD and CLOTHING DONATIONS AND/OR CLEANUP, MEDICAL, and NEEDED PROFESSIONAL SERVICES VOLUNTEERING, but should also be a giant fundraiser for economic equality, with proceeds to go to challenge big corporate interests like Monsanto, Walmart, and Koch Industries, IE. and their greedy agendas, education, GMO labeling, voting rights, environmental, etc. .......................................ALL ideas and influence are Totally Welcome....................................... There must be many ways this event could rally low and middle income people and help take back some of the Power that's been lost over the last 30 years............................... We haven't really done much yet, except bring it up on Reverb Nation and think about it. We are getting some positive feedback from local musicians, but the music biz community so far just circling like Sharks Update 2/01/14: After watching a news program about the life of Pete Seger, with guests, including Ani DiFranco, Joe Uehlein, John Nichols, and Sandi Bachom, we're now convinced of the important difference and impact an event like this could make. The thought of making this should be a huge, National, if not Worldwide adventure by holding simultaneous festivals in 4 locations in the USA(say in OR, CO, MI, MA?) and possibly other countries as well. All should be filmed and recorded, the monies deposited into a trust which could be democratically administrated by a committee of maybe 33 or 47 or 99 activists ELECTED BY INDIVIDUALS and voted for by telephone(1-800-ROC-KUPI)? This committee would decide how the money was spent(which causes, cases, priorities, and how to effectively spend assets) This would generate huge sums of $$$ once marketed as TV shows and videos(really should be protected from Free distribution for the good of the cause). The speeches and rallies during the day should be recorded as well Don't know if there's enough time between now and Labor Day, but should not be put off another year, because we're unsure the Planet or Republic can survive much longer if something BIG isn't done to change the Status-Quo and Music IS the Universal Language of Organization .........................
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