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His surname might bestow a certain cachet of musical pedigree, but Chris Stills remains an artist that’s defined by his own work – whether that’s on film scores or activism. He tells all to Sam Roberts…


It might surprise you to learn that Chris Stills didn’t begin playing guitar until the age of 12. Although he is the son of legendary musicians Stephen Stills and Véronique Sanson, Chris’ musical journey didn’t exactly begin as you might expect.

Having played piano from an early age, he came to the guitar later. “I was on the road with my dad in Salt Lake City. His guitar tech, Doug Breidenbach, asked me out of the blue if I played guitar. It was strange because in that moment for the first time I realised that no, I didn’t!”

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