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Style Weekly: Tales of King Midas

Graham Nash discusses protest songs, legalizing marijuana, and a lifetime of musical memories.

By Brent Baldwin

Graham Nash (center) with Stephen Stills (left) and David Crosby. The band kicks off its latest tour in Richmond on Tuesday, with Crosby recuperating from a recent heart operation.

English musician Graham Nash is one of rock's gentlemen.

The 72-year-old singer and keyboardist has been making music since the early 1960s, first with his British group the Hollies, and more famously as a member of Crosby, Stills and Nash, a harmony-led group that plays what Jimi Hendrix once described as "Western sky music." Like Hendrix, the group gave one of the quintessential performances at Woodstock.

Nash always has been considered the sane one in a band full of bloated egos. He's been an activist against nuclear weapons and a well-known collector of photography, having started the first digital studio in the early 1990s. From his days living with Joni Mitchell in Laurel Canyon, to the downward drug spiral of fellow band member David Crosby, Nash stayed true to his friends while trying to keep the focus on the music.

He covers a lot of this in his new book, "Wild Tales: A Rock and Roll Life," and he'll be singing the musical history -- plus some new tunes -- when CSN kicks off its latest tour at the Carpenter Theatre next Tuesday night.Style caught up with him by phone from his home in Hawaii.

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