Stephen Stills says that his new four-CD, career-spanning box set, called Carry On, will serve as his memoirs. The collection, which will be released tomorrow (March 26th), covers all aspects of Stills' career, from the age of 17 until now and was compiled by Graham Nash and longtime Crosby, Stills, & Nash photographer and collaborator, Joel Bernstein.
Stills spoke to Rolling Stone, and was asked that since he's yet to publish his autobiography, if the box set, in effect, is his life story: "This is probably my book. I doubt I will write one of those -- most of them are insufferably boring. You know, first about getting high and hanging out, then about chicks and learning an instrument, going to high school, then recovery and the great new life they have with their new wife. It's the same story, and it's not exactly mine -- there is a lot more to it, but that seems to be the M.O. I liked Keith (Richards)' book because it sounds like him. But the rest of them -- I'm sorry, but they bore the s*** out of me."
Stills talked about the fact that his hopes of releasing an entire album's worth of material recorded with Jimi Hendrix were dashed upon hearing the material: "The discovery was that the 'hidden Jimi Hendrix tapes' didn't really have much on them. Just a lot banging and talking and 'maybe let's do this,' and then 'Jim, let's go to Tramps,' or something. It wasn't the goldmine we thought it was going to be. Everyone made very much of a myth out of it. None of it really backed up. I have this one great song. There might be some other great stuff -- who knew? It was 30 years ago, and we were hammered."
Stephen Stills told us that he and Jimi Hendrix were always trading licks and guitar tips with each other, and recalls that Hendrix turned him on to restringing lefty guitars for righties for a better sound: "I had a '50s lefty Strat. Jimi showed me up close and personal, something about the positioning of the pickups made them sound better upside down."
Crosby, Stills & Nash North American tour dates (subject to change):
May 1, 3 - New York, NY - The Rose Theatre at Lincoln Center
May 5 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Cafe / Hard Rock Live
May 7 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
May 8 - Sarasota, FL - Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
May 10, 11 - Hollywood, FL - Seminole Hard Rock Live
May 14 - Fort Myers, FL - Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
May 15 - Melbourne, FL - King Center For Performing Arts
May 17 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre
May 19 - Charlotte, NC - Ovens Auditorium
May 21 - Greenville, SC - Peace Center Concert Hall
May 22 - Huntsville, AL - Von Braun Center
May 24 - Montgomery, AL - Montgomery Performing Arts Centre
May 25 - Biloxi, MS - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi