It started over dinner one night in 1973, when Graham Nash asked Jacques Cousteau to name the issue he thought posed the gravest danger to humanity. The rock star expected to hear something oceanic, so he was stunned when the famed explorer answered "nuclear power."
"That really blew my mind," said Nash, best known for his work with the band Crosby, Stills & Nash. "It started me thinking."
The thinking turned to conversations with Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, John Hall (lead singer at the time for the band Orleans) and James Taylor, all artists who shared Nash's concerns about nuclear energy. The talk them turned to action when the entertainers formed Musicians United for Safe Energy, or MUSE. The group spearheaded a series of all-star "No Nukes" concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden in 1979, as well as a rally at Manhattan's Battery Park City landfill that drew an estimated 200,000 people.
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