David Crosby has always been in search of the truth — politically, musically — and now cinematically. Cameron Crowe's Crosby documentary, Remember My Name, is set to hit theaters on July 19th in New York City and L.A. before seeing a nationwide release. The film, directed by A.J. Eaton and executive produced by Crowe, promises an unforgiving “warts-and-all” look at the '60s legend.
During a chat with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Crosby was asked about his relationship with Crowe prior to the start of the Remember My Name project. He explained, “Did you see Almost Famous? He was the kid, we were the band. Cameron has known me for a long time, he knows me really well. He is my friend and he does love me and he gave me absolutely nowhere to hide. The result is this extremely honest documentary. I think it will shock some people, but it will really make us happy. . . What will surprise you was the level of honesty that comes out of it. The Keith Richards (documentary, Under The Influence) was a good one. I generally don’t think they’re very good — they’re usually self-serving. I want to know who the person is and what makes them who they are.”
Crosby, who's currently out on the road, shed light on the shape the current shows have been taking, saying, “We change the setlist all the time. We have a bunch of new stuff and we have all the CPR stuff, then the Crosby/Nash records and (Crosby Stills & Nash) records and (Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young) records. But this band is the one we do the hits with; you’ll hear 'Ohio' and 'Wooden Ships' and the songs you really love.”
Crosby was asked about whether fans can still expect to see him perform on August 17th at the “Woodstock 50” event: “I’ve been checking on it and it’s happening. I’m going to try my level best to blow everybody off the stand. We’ll be one of the legacy acts going back there. . . I feel like I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing. I’m 77 and have all these things wrong with me; the truth is, it’s not how long you’ve got, but what you do with it. So I’m doing as much as I can, as fast as I can.”
Crosby touched upon his musical relationship with son James Raymond, who's once again out on the road supplying keyboards for Crosby: “My son was put up for adoption when he was born and I wondered where he was for 30 years. He gets to be about 30 and about to have his first child and his parents who raised him say, 'You should know who your genetic dad is.' So he goes to find out and sees it’s me and says, 'Nah it couldn’t be.' When he finds out I’m his dad, he’s already been a musician for 20 years. Normally those things can go badly. He came in and gave me a chance to earn his way into his life. We write a ton and he’s a better musician than I am.”
In addition to Raymond, the current band features “Croz” and Raymond's CPR bandmate Jeff Pevar on guitar — a player who Crosby has long had a soft spot for: “I met him. . . he was playing with Marc Cohn, and I just heard him and he was just so good. And I walked out — Marc was opening for us, I think it was in Ohio — and I just walked out on the stage and this guy was, y'know, playing. . . it was a soundcheck or something, and I said, 'Damn. What's your name?' And we're just talking, and I picked up a guitar and started playing. . . I forget. . . 'Triad,' I think. . . and he knew it, and he started playing along with it, and we just clicked immediately, and we´ve been playing together ever since. He’s one of my most favorite musicians, ever.”