At a gig in Ontario, Canada 1965, Steven Stills and Neil Young crossed paths for the first time. Young was on tour his group The Squires, and Stills was touring with folk-rock band The Company. In the brief encounter the two knew they wanted to work to together, and they knew they would. A year later Young was in LA seeking out Stills, who had been auditioning for the TV show band The Monkees - they turned him down. In 1966 the two formed the short-lived American-Canadian rock band Buffalo Springfield. Within a few days after their debut gig, they were booked to open for rock band The Byrds. That eventually led to a seven week run as the house band at popular West Hollywood nightclub Whiskey A Go Go, their legendary residence there brought them a lot of attention. In late 1966 Stills wrote the song the band is best known for, the classic protest song For What It's Worth. The song is often mistaken as being a anti-war song, but it actually is an anti-cerfew song inspired by the Sunset Strip riots. In attempt to quiet the traffic and crowds that the rock-and-roll clubs on the Sunset Strip drew, in November 1966 the Los Angeles police enforced a strict 10 pm curfew there. Jack Nicholson and Peter Fonda were among the angry youth that took to the streets to protest the curfew.
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