Graham Nash is one of the few artists who has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: first, in 1997, with Crosby, Stills and Nash and again at this week’s ceremony in New York, with his first band the Hollies. But when Rolling Stone sat down with Nash to discuss the induction, he seemed more ecstatic for his Hollies bandmate, Allan Clarke. “I was thrilled for my partner for all those years,” Nash says. “He’s been a very underestimated lead singer.”
Nash, a photography fanatic, also filled us in on his new book, Taking Aim: Unforgettable Rock & Roll Photographs, which compiles his picks for some of rock’s greatest pictures by photographers like Annie Leibovitz, Jim Marshall and Anton Corbijn into a handsome, hard-cover book. “I have a good eye for photography and I have a good ear for music, so if we could combine both of them, I could come up with an interesting journey,” says Nash. (The songwriter also curated a photo exhibition featuring many of those photographs at Seattle’s Experience Music Project, which is on view through May 23rd).
Nash also took a moment to discuss some of the back stories behind those photos, including the Henry Diltz picture that would later be used as the cover for CSN’s 1969 self-titled debut. (Check out the band’s track-by-track breakdown of the album here.) When the record was released, fans confused Nash with Crosby, since Crosby’s name appears directly above Nash’s on the album sleeve. “We’re all sitting in the wrong order because we decided to call ourselves Crosby, Stills and Nash,” says Nash. “It flows off the tongue better than any other combination. That’s why people keep calling me Crosby. They think I wrote ‘Guinevere.’ “