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This is excellent but....it is too short. The story ends in 1974, effectively, and the rest of the 70s, 80s and beyond are consigned to approx. 10-20 pages. He barely deals with Crosby's massive drug addiction and imprisonment in the 80s.
Doggett himself admits this and argues that after the mid-70s the story basically repeats according to the personalities already established. That's true, but with writing this good I would have loved to have read the whole story from their childhoods until the present day.
The first half of the book is strong and purposeful, sadly it rather loses its way towards the end, perhaps a reflection of the way CSN also faded into infighting and hyper inflated ego’s, and not the fault of the author who tries to keep our attention the best he can.
This level of detail makes this an interesting read. Attention is paid to the important role played by Joni Mitchell and - to a lesser extent - Mama Cass in the early life of the group, and the changing fortunes of Neil Young who - it's pointed out here - was barely known when he joined the group (even after the 1969 release of his "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere", which has since attained classic status) but went on to dominate it. The story more or less comes to an end with the Wembley concert in 1974; the subsequent ups and downs of its members and the various reunions are dealt with briskly in a concluding chapter, which appears to be the apposite emphasis.
On the whole, it's well-written (apart from revealing that Graham Nash was born in Blackpool "where his mother was in labour to avoid the intensive German bombardment of Salford" [p17]), but I'd've liked stronger links between the text and the sources at the end (saying "to avoid repetition, each source is only listed once" [p321] doesn't help clarity, and looks like laziness). Nevertheless, an enjoyable, entertaining book.