Happy Birthday to David Crosby, who turns 77 today (August 14th). Last September, Crosby released his latest set, titled Sky Trails. Legendary rock journalist and filmmaker Cameron Crowe is among the producers on the upcoming Crosby documentary currently in production. Crowe's company Vinyl Films has inked a deal with BMG to produce the officially sanctioned definitive look at Crosby's life and career. In addition to producing this doc, Crowe has conducted multiple interviews with David Crosby for inclusion in the film. The movie is helmed by first time feature-doc director A.J. Eaton. No release date for the film has been announced.
Last month, Crosby announced he is seeking a licensing relationship with a national or global Cannabis company, which would provide the exclusive license of his iconic name and likeness for worldwide use. Crosby, who plans to use his brand name “Mighty Croz” as a tip of the hat to his legendary nickname “Croz,” will “actively advise the selected Cannabis company in developing and marketing the brand.”
Crosby said in a statement, “People have been asking me to do a quality Cannabis brand and with legalization expanding, now is the right time. Our first priority is partnering with a leading Cannabis company.”
Crosby won high praise for his fall 2016 solo album titled Lighthouse and its subsequent tour. The album was produced by Michael League, the leader of the Grammy Award-winning instrumental ensemble, Snarky Puppy, and recorded at Jackson Browne's Santa Monica studio, Groove Masters.
Crosby's recent creative resurgence has seen him working both on his own and with son James Raymond — along with two other side bands. In February 2014, Croz — which marked Crosby's first new studio collection in over 20 years — peaked at an impressive Number 36 on the Billboard 200 albums charts. Croz also hit Number Two on the magazine's Top Folk Albums chart, Number Six on the Top Independent Albums chart, and Number Seven on the Top Internet Sales chart.
Back in 2010, the list of the “Best Albums” published by The Vatican’s official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, ranked Crosby's 1971 solo set, If I Could Only Remember My Name, second to the Beatles’ 1966 masterpiece, Revolver. Crosby was baffled by the honor, telling Q magazine, “No one has yet worked out what the hell that was all about. And why should The Vatican have an opinion on music in the first place? And to choose me?! It baffles me as much as it baffles you, man. I got an email from David Gilmour saying, 'Dammit! — Pink Floyd only came in third.'”
Although 2016's groundbreaking Lighthouse stalled at a disappointing Number 117 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, it ranked Number 34 on Mojo magazine's list of “The 50 Best Albums Of 2016.”
In March 2016, Graham Nash revealed that his relationship with David Crosby is virtually non-existent at this point and that Crosby, Stills, & Nash are effectively over. Classic Rock magazine translated a then-recent Nash interview with Dutch magazine Lust For Life, which spelled out the end of CSN: “It's the first time I've said this out loud but this is the way it is. You asked me if there is more CSN? Well, my answer is no and that is very sad because we were pretty good but I'm currently not fond of David Crosby. He treated me horrible the last two years. Really, really awful. I've been there for him for 45 years to save his f***ing ass but he treats me like dirt. You can't do that to me. You can do it for a day or so, until I think you're coming around but if you keep going and I keep getting nasty e-mails, then I'm done. F*** you. David has ripped the heart out of Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young.”
Nash spoke to Radio.com regarding Crosby slamming Neil Young for leaving his wife of nearly 40 years for actress Daryl Hannah. Nash was asked if he would be the one to ever help mend that fence: “I’m not sure I can undo this one. This one is a deep one. You can’t insult Neil Young personally like that and hope to get away with it. And I told David that he was wrong to have said that and that he should jump on it and try and figure it out with Neil. But he waited about a year, and that’s way too long, and he did it publicly on The Howard Stern Show, apologized to Neil. But it was way too late.”
Nash went on to explain: “Hey listen, I’m the guy that wrote 'Wasted On The Way' because of all the songs that I wish we had written and had sung and had been together enough to make more music than we did. But I guess it’s what it is. I mean if CSN or CSNY never play another note of music, then that’s how it is.”
In February 2014, Croz — which marked Crosby's first new studio collection in over 20 years — peaked at an impressive Number 36 on the Billboard Top 200 album charts. Croz also hit Number Two on the magazine's Top Folk Albums chart, Number Six on the Top Independent Albums chart, and Number Seven on the Top Internet Sales chart. He recently wrapped a string of solo acoustic dates.
David Crosby, whose father was Academy Award-winning cinematographer Floyd Crosby, grew up in affluent towns in and around Los Angeles, and later Santa Barbara, California. Crosby first attained fame as part of the Byrds, which he co-founded with Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, and Michael Clarke in 1964. The next year, the Byrds went on to score two Number Ones with a cover of Bob Dylan's “Mr. Tambourine Man” and an electric beat arrangement of Pete Seeger's “Turn, Turn, Turn.”
By 1967, Crosby, who was always an excellent harmonist, had developed a unique modular guitar tuning style, and began submitting seminal '60s work to the band's sessions, including “What's Happening?!?!,” “Everybody Has Been Burned,” “Draft Morning,” and the 1967 psychedelic classic “Lady Friend.” Most notably, Crosby co-wrote the band's groundbreaking 1966 single “Eight Mile High.” Due to the growing mature nature of his songs and differing musical attitudes with McGuinn and Hillman, Crosby was fired from the Byrds.
In his 1988 autobiography, Long Time Gone, Crosby recalled being dumped by the band, remembering that, “(They said), 'You're real difficult to work with. We don't dig your songs and we think we'll do better without you.'”
In 1968, Crosby joined forces with the Buffalo Springfield's Stephen Stills and the Hollies' Graham Nash to form the supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash. It was on their self-titled 1969 debut that Crosby was finally able to shine on Woodstock-era anthems such as “Long Time Gone,” “Wooden Ships,” and “Guinevere.”
The group's 1970 follow up album, Deja Vu, added Neil Young to the lineup and included such Crosby classics as the album's title track and “Almost Cut My Hair.” During the group's frequent sabbaticals, Crosby and Nash continued to work together, most often working as a duo.
Although their relationship is admittedly strained these days, when we last caught up with David Crosby he said that his bond with Graham Nash goes way beyond just music: “There's a kinship there. I have tremendous respect and love for him, and he must love me, otherwise he would've tossed me aside long ago. And you can hear it in how we work with each other, what we do with our voices. It's sort of like a pair of aerobatic, y'know stunt flyers, flying formation and doing stunts together.”
David Crosby kicks off a string of European dates on August 25th in Aalsmeer, Netherlands
AUDIO: DAVID CROSBY ON WORKING WITH GRAHAM NASH
AUDIO: DAVID CROSBY SAYS HIS NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES GAVE HIM A GREATER APPRECIATION FOR LIFE
AUDIO: ART GARFUNKEL ON DAVID CROSBY’S VOICE
AUDIO: GRAHAM NASH ON RELATIONSHIP WITH DAVID CROSBY