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Graham Nash on life, Nixon, Trump and The Everly Brothers

Graham Nash has never held back his political opinions. In the 1960s and ‘70s, his opposition to the Vietnam War and his support of environmental causes loomed large in his work with Crosby, Stills and Nash (and sometimes Young), along with his solo work. So it’s no surprise when Nash lets loose about current events.

“Trump has given permission to all the crazies to come out and to exist and to grow,” says Nash. “I don’t feel like we’ve heard the last of neo-Nazis and the KKK and I think they’re only gonna get louder and stronger, because they’re encouraged by this president.” Nash says he never thought things could be worse than under President Nixon. “Now it’s 10 times as bad. At least Nixon had a brain. At least Nixon, as divisive as he was, had a heart. It was Nixon who started the Environmental Protection Agency. Now we’ve got a guy who puts a person who doesn’t believe in climate change in charge of the EPA. Madness. …

Now look where we are. Two madmen with nuclear weapons barking at each other.” Graham Nash says, at 75 years old, he’s looking to Graham Nash says, at 75 years old, he’s looking to leave the world a little better for a younger generation. (Photo: Amy Grantham) On a happier note, Nash says he’s as inspired to create music and art now as he’s ever been, probably more so. He will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville. His most recent album, “This Path Tonight,” was released in early 2016, and he says he’s done 16 paintings since last November. “I’m more creative now than I’ve been in my entire life,” says Nash

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