CSN and sometimes Y

10Aug08

While taking a break from Taste of the Danforth today, Susan and I decided that one of the most frustrating jobs in rock and roll has to have been to be the guy who designed the record sleeves for Crosby, Stills, and Nash — or, as they were called whenever Neil Young decided to be in the band, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.

That guy must have had a pile of crumpled mockups for the album covers, and just as often as he discarded them in disgust, he must have been rescuing them from the wastebasket and trying to iron them flat again. Every time he’d just be getting finished centering the name of the band at the top, he’d suddenly get word that Young was out of the band again, or back in, and then he’d have to decide whether to start over or to simply cross his name out or draw a caret mark and scribble his name in at the end.

Worse yet would be trying to get the most up-to-date band photo on the cover. The poor guy was probably continually told to try to paste a cutout of Young in with the existing photo of the other three guys so that it looked realistic, or to airbrush him out of an existing photo of the four of them together. I think the best solution would probably have been to take a photo of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash holding a black and white photo of Neil Young. That way, if he’s in the band, great — they have a full band photo. And if he’s out, it looks kind of like he died and they’re mourning him.



2 Responses to “CSN and sometimes Y”

  1. You’ve crushed me. Here I though I was the only person to use the clever, but obvious, moniker CSN and sometimes Y…

  2. 2 jtl

    In any case, this album cover designer had to have been happy when Photoshop came out. That had to have made getting rid of (or adding) the “Y” about a thousand times easier.


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