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Graham Nash will play City Winery on Aug. 23-24

Graham Nash and David Crosby performed at Occupy Wall Street in 2011.TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

Graham Nash and David Crosby performed at Occupy Wall Street in 2011.

What, you expected him to talk about music?

When folk rocker Graham Nash — the “N” of CSNY for more than four decades — comes to New York for two shows at City Winery later this month you can expect more than just a concert.

“I talk to the audience — I don’t want them to just be witnessing someone singing,” said Nash, 73. “I’m a communicator. I want to communicate stuff that’s going on. Inequality. Love. Police brutality.

“I’ve written a lot of songs in my life and one of my great joys of performing solo is not having to deal with David’s music, Stephen’s music or Neil’s music. I get to play songs I haven’t played in years.”

That means tracks off of Nash’s great early solo albums, “Songs for Beginners” (1971) and “Wild Tales” (1973), plus songs he’s worked on with his bandmates in the Hollies (“Carrie Ann”) and CSN (“Marrakesh Express,” “Teach Your Children,” “Just a Song Before I Go”) since the 1960s.

It also means a current events lesson from the activist who helped organized the No Nukes concerts, who entertained at Occupy Wall Street in 2011, and continues to cry out for justice, not for country or war, to paraphrase an early lyric.

“Last year, we were on tour when Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson and I wrote a song, ‘Watch Out for the Wind,’ that I sang on the night of his funeral,” he said. “David and Stephen had never heard it, but they trust me.”

Graham Nash's classic albums from the early 1970s include "Wild Tales" and "Songs for Beginners." Courtesy of Graham Nash

Graham Nash’s classic albums from the early 1970s include “Wild Tales” and “Songs for Beginners.”

Enlarge Graham Nash's classic albums from the early 1970s include "Wild Tales" and "Songs for Beginners." Courtesy of Graham Nash

Graham Nash’s classic albums from the early 1970s include “Wild Tales” and “Songs for Beginners.”

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Graham Nash’s classic albums from the early 1970s include “Songs for Beginners” and “Wild Tales.”

How could they not? After all, Crosby, Stills and Nash have been thick as thieves since fusing their supergroup out of the shards of the Byrds, the Buffalo Springfield and the Hollies. No matter what is going on in their lives — Crosby needed a liver; Stills had divorces — the trio was more or less inseparable, the embodiment of the concept of the sum being greater than all the individual parts.

Life on the road nowadays is certainly not like it was in Nash’s 2013 autobiography, which described the 1970s as one long drug-fueled orgasm with multiple medications and partners.

“I remember re-reading the manuscript and saying, ‘My God, I wish I was that guy (now)!’” said Nash, who lives in Hawaii when he’s not on the road. “I’m a very lucky, grateful man. I’ve had a great life and I get to speak my mind and create music.”

Graham Nash at City Winery, 155 Varick St. at Vandam St., Sunday, Aug. 23 and Monday, Aug. 24, 8 p.m. For info, visit www.citywinery.com.

gkuntzman@nydailynews.com

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