“This is a wonderful collection of information about Crosby, Stills & Nash, and the photographs bring the reader even closer to the band. This information has been collected over years and years and is a ’must read’ for anyone interested in the band. I’ve enjoyed reading and looking at these stories for a while now and I’m pleased that you get a chance to do the same.” Graham Nash, June 20th, 2022, New York City.
Music is Love is the result of more than forty years dedicated to the music of Crosby, Stills & Nash. As a young guy, Francesco Lucarelli began collecting all different official releases, picture-sleeve singles, bootlegs and magazines from all over the world. When he founded the CSN&Y fanzine Wooden Nickel, he got in touch with fans from any corner of the globe, who shared with him stories and memorabilia.
In recent years, his friend Alberto Tonti suggested to collect this treasure on a book, telling the CS&N story through never-heard-before memories by many different people: CS&N band-members, photographers, luthiers, promoters, DJ’s, painters, common fans, etc. Among the pages, you will find names you are familiar with and the names of commons fans, all willing to share their personal CS&N story.
To make it even more unique, this is the largest collection of CS&N visuals ever put together: tickets, playbills, backstage passes, flyers, laminated passes, posters, magazine covers, t-shirts, picture-sleeve singles, etc. And many never-seen-before photographs, too. The result is a colourful journey covering almost 6 decades of music with contributions coming from all 5 continents.
About the author:
Born and raised in Rome, Italy, as a teenager Francesco Lucarelli fell in love with the beautiful music created by a handful of singer-songwriters living in Laurel Canyon. It was because of their songs and vocal harmonies that, in the early 80’s, he founded the infamous CSN&Y fanzine “Wooden Nickel”, which reached fans all over the world. Later, after becoming part of the CSNY family, he contributed to the booklet of Crosby Stills & Nash’s box-set and, in the early 10’s, he was one of the main contributors to the official CSN iPad app, both as a photographer and as an archivist. As a photographer, his work has been displayed on the booklet of CPR’s “Just Like Gravity”, on Stephen Stills’ box-set “Carry On” and on David Crosby’s book “Since Then: How I Survived Everything and Lived to Tell About it”. He is also one of the authors of the 3-book biography “Crosby Stills Nash and sometimes Young”.
Among the many CSNY-related experiences, there’s at least a couple of memorable musical moments: in 1988, when he spent one week playing with Ralph Molina and Billy Talbot of Crazy Horse in Billy’s garage in California, and in 1993 when Graham Nash invited him to join CS&N on stage in Roma for the encores of their concert. Over the years, Francesco performed live with Talbot both in California and in Italy for a number of acoustic dates. In 2010, he released the album “Find The Light”, mixed by Stephen Barncard and featuring guest-appearances by Graham Nash, Jeff Pevar, James Raymond and Kenny Passarelli. To support the record, Francesco founded a band and, in the Summer of 2022, their eponymous record “Rawstars” was finally released. Among the guests, Mike Finnigan, Greg Leisz, Jeff Young, Jeff Pevar and Inger Nova Jorgensen.
Francesco loves soccer, guitars, birdwatching, AS Roma, avocados, bodysurfing, natural light photography – not necessarily in this order. Currently he lives in Rome, with the love of his life, Isabella, their two sons Andrea and Filippo, and two cats, Perry and Lola.