GRAMMY® award-winning recording artist and two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Stephen Stills has entered into a partnership with Irving Azoff’s Iconic Artists Group to market his prolific catalogue and continue his legendary legacy going forward in the digital era. Known for classic compositions such as “For What It’s Worth,” “Love the One You’re With,” “Helplessly Hoping,” “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” and “Carry On,” Stills’ innovative approach to both acoustic and electric guitar, combined with lush vocal harmonies, helped create the ‘California Sound’. The agreement includes the acquisition of Stills’ recorded music assets from his solo work, as well as his interest in Buffalo Springfield, Manassas, The Rides, The Stills-Young Band, Au Go-Go Singers, Super Session, Stills & Collins, CSN, and CSNY. The pact also includes interest in Stills’ band trademarks and name, image, and likeness, which will allow Iconic to expose Stills’ ageless music to new generations of fans. The start of the Iconic relationship coincides with the 50th anniversary of Stills’ debut double album, Manassas, by his band of the same name, which was released April 12, 1972.
Stills commented, “Music is one of the greatest driving forces in my life, a means to communicate a universal language, and it’s comforting to know my life’s work is in the very best hands with Irving and the Iconic team. With the unreleased recordings I’m uncovering from my vault, and the 50th anniversary of Manassas, it couldn’t have been a more opportune time.”
“I have had the pleasure of knowing Stephen for more than 50 years and he is certainly one of rock’s most enduring American treasures,” said Azoff. “I’m pleased that we will be working together to preserve, expand, and share his musical legacy for his next generation of fans.”
“Stephen’s influence on popular music is immeasurable,” said Jimmy Edwards, president, Iconic. “In addition to his amazing solo work, Stephen’s signature artistry served as a catalyst for the groundbreaking groups, Buffalo Springfield, Manassas, CS&N, and CSN&Y.”
Stills’ acquisition follows Iconic’s recent partnership with the family of Nat King Cole as well as the acquisition of multi-GRAMMY® award-winning artist, Linda Ronstadt’s recorded music assets; and David Crosby’s catalogue, including his publishing and recorded music rights, of his solo work, and his compositions with The Byrds; Crosby & Nash; Crosby, Stills & Nash; and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; and CPR. Iconic launched in January 2020 with the legendary Beach Boys purchasing a controlling interest in their extensive music catalog, including sound recordings, select musical compositions, brand, and memorabilia.
With plans to release new material this year, Stephen Stills has personally handpicked performances from his vault, including a never-before-released collection recorded live at the Berkeley Community Theatre in 1971. Recorded over two nights in support of his second solo album, Stephen Stills 2, these stunning performances include both an intimate acoustic set, and a set with Stills’ full band and the legendary Memphis Horns.
In addition, 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of 1972’s Manassas, the debut double album by Stills' band of the same name, released April 12, 1972. A critical comeback for Stills, the album continued his commercial success by being certified Gold only a month after being released and reaching No. 4 on the US charts. To commemorate the anniversary, this historic album is planned to be released as an expanded edition this Fall. FOR MORE DETAILS: [email protected]