Stephen Stills is a singer, songwriter and musician, but he’s not
a Monkee. In 1965, Stephen auditioned for the group, but was turned down, which turned out to be lucky for him and the music world. The next year he became part of the legendary Buffalo Springfield, whose members also included Neil Young and Richie Furay. The group got its name from a steamroller made by the Buffalo-Springfield Roller Company and its fame from Stills’ song, For What It’s Worth, about the Sunset Strip riots. After leaving the group, he joined David Crosby and Graham Nash. Crosby, Stills and Nash played their second gig at Woodstock. They later covered Joni Mitchell’s song about the festival, and also recorded Neil Young’s Ohio about Kent State, after he joined the group. He also had a successful solo career, earning a gold record and his biggest solo hit,
Love The One You’re With, (from a line stolen, with permission, from Billy Preston) He was the first person to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice in the same night.
We caught up with Stephen on CSNY’s 2006 Freedom of Speech tour.