Stephen Stills

The new disc, Live At Berkeley 1971 is out now.   I got it yesterday and it's on repeat.  I am biased I am sure, but I think he is one of the best singers, songwriters, musicians of my generation.  Plus he plays Sugar Babe on this disc, a favorite of mine, from SS2.



Oh, I read plenty, but that comment was ridiculous. Stephen Stills is a great talent, much more than a footnote. What does reading have to do with it anyway?


I didn't say Stephen Stills didn't have talent. There is a difference between talent and genius. I could name at least a dozen Neil Young albums that are better than any solo album Stills ever made, but so what if you disagree? Some people prefer Barry Manilow to Van Morrison. It's a big world. Try not to let it get to you.

I have rarely read a more ignorant comment.”  

You’re not serious, are you?  
On multiple levels, I am unsure of your seriousness.

Buffalo Springfield:

Neil wrote,
- “Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing”
- “Flying on the Ground is Wrong”
- “Burned”
- “Mr. Soul”
- “Expecting to Fly”
- “Broken Arrow”
- “On the Way Home”
- “I Am a Child”

Stills wrote,
- “Go and Say Goodbye”
- “Sit Down, I Think I Love You”
- “For What It’s Worth”
- “Everydays”
- “Bluebird”
- “Hung Upside Down”
- “Rock and Roll Woman”
- “Pretty Girl Why”

Post-Buffalo Springfield:

Neil wrote:
- “The Loner”
- “I’ve Been Waiting for You”
- “The Old Laughing Lady”
- “Sugar Mountain”
- “Cinnamon Girl”
- “Everybody Knows This is Nowhere”
- “Down By the River”
- “Cowgirl in the Sand”
- “Helpless”
- “Ohio” 

Stills wrote,
- “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”
- “You Don’t Have to Cry”
- “Helplessly Hoping”
- “Carry On”
- “4 + 20”
- “Love the One You’re With”
- “Do For the Others”
- “Sit Yourself Down”
- “To a Flame”
- “Change Partners”

Then Neil released these LPs:
After the Gold Rush
Time Fades Away
On the Beach
Tonight’s the Night

American Stars ‘n Bars
Comes a Time

Rust Never Sleeps 
Harvest Moon
Prairie Wind

While this is all technically subjective, everybody knows that compared to Neil Young, Stephen Still’s contributions to popular music amount to something tantamount to a footnote. This is pretty much a fact. Everybody knows this.

I couldn’t imagine any actual musician or musicologist worth their salt responding to this statement, “(compared to Neil Young), Stephen Stills isn’t much more than a footnote” with this statement:
I have rarely heard a more ignorant comment.”  
Unless they were joking, being sarcastic, of course.

On multiple levels, that is such a (unintentionally) hilarious response to a totally innocuous statement (that is really more or less a fact).