The members of one of rock's major “supergroups” had formidable credentials when they teamed up in the social/musical network of Laurel Canyon: the Byrds (Californian David Crosby), the Hollies (Englishman Graham Nash) and Buffalo Springfield (Texas-born Stephen Stills).
With harmonies inspired by bluegrass, the Beatles and the Beach Boys and a prominent acoustic component in their sound, they signaled rock's move in a more reflective direction, but they also carried on the '60s spirit of activism and social idealism, embodied in such songs as “Teach the Children” and “Ohio” (by Neil Young, who came and went from the group over the years).
They released their first album in 1969 and played at Woodstock, then broke up after a 1970 tour, an indicator of the personal tensions that would plague the group over the years. Crosby's drug and legal problems slowed them down in the mid-'80s, and the group's sales declined in the '90s. They have continued to tour regularly, and as of 2010 were recording an album with producer Rick Rubin. Crosby, Stills & Nash were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.