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Stephen Stills: The Reformation Of a "Jive" Artist

Judith Sims, Rolling Stone, 27 September 1973

LOS ANGELES — It's difficult to name a rock & roll star who's been put down, chopped up, dismissed and generally hated as much as Stephen Stills. Not hated by the public who buy his records and concert tickets, but by those people who've spent more than five minutes dealing with him personally. He's been an ostentatious spendthrift (everything from a $36,000 Mercedes snowplow to expensive microphones he never even unwrapped), a conspicuous consumer of drugs, notably cocaine (allegedly $18,000 a month up his nose), a notorious boozer onstage and an insecure egotist. Whenever he got near a stage and a microphone, he would lay on a thick Texas accent, drawl inanities and coyly play the humble blues man.

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