Considering his drug addiction, prison sentences and health problems – diabetes, a few heart attacks and a liver transplant due to hepatitis C – David Crosby would not have been around for a long time.
He is as surprised as anyone else that he is still alive.
"No one has any idea why," says Crosby, who turns 78 on August 14. "Many of my friends are dead. I think my new motto will be young, only the good ones."
The music legend who starred in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash – is as vivid as ever in the new documentary "Remember My Name" on Friday, detailing his "checkered history".
"I did some great things, some awful things. Of course I remember it, "says Crosby The Post. "I just had to be ready to tell the truth. , , But considering how old I am, I should politely wander into the distance and somehow prepare myself to sit down and shut up.
One major reason why Crosby decided to put everything into the documentary ̵
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"I've known him since He was 15," says Crosby about Crowe. "He was a very, very smart young man and everyone liked him. I thought he was great and we became friends. He has been my friend ever since. And he knows, he really knows [about me].
One of the rich stories Crosby tells in "Remember My Name" is how Joni Mitchell disappointed him by expressing her feelings in a new song she wrote. Although Mitchell has made an appointment with his CSN bandmate Graham Nash, the two Exen remain friends.
"I see her and talk to her," says Crosby. "I had dinner with her a few months ago. And I still love her. Our relationship has always been thorny, but good. "
In the documentary, he even visits Mitchell's old house in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, where Crosby, Stills & Nash founded and wrote their classic" Our House. "They spent a lot of time there," says Crosby.
The film also describes how, after Neil Young joined them and turned them into Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, they played Woodstock in their only second joint live performance. On the occasion of the festival's 50th anniversary next month, Crosby says: "Everyone was nice for three days. The people were nice to each other, they shared, they were nice to each other. And it gave us all hope. Suddenly you have seen how people behave as we dreamed. That was our dream right there.
But Crosby's life became a nightmare when, in 1983, when he was dependent on cocaine and heroin, he was convicted of drug and weapons allegations. He fled, but later surrendered and served his sentence in prison for five months in 1986.
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Crosby says the prison helped him stop taking drugs. "It's the only thing that really worked," he says. "I tried to get treatment, but it did not work, I went to jail and it worked, it was so easy."
The prison was the last time he shaved his typical mustache, As the film unveiled, it was part of what inspired Crosby Dennis Hopper's character in "Easy Rider" from 1969. Do not allow yourself to have mustaches in jail, "he says." They shaved my face and cut my hair. " While still struggling, Crosby says he is not so much a "difficult cat" as he describes himself in "Remember My Name" – how he uses it. "I'm pretty happy almost all the time – Unless I think of the president, "he says.
In fact, his anger at President Trump Crosby might convince him to reunite with Stills and Nash and reunite with him last in 2015 played, at White House Christmas Tree Lighting. "I'd like to do some things this year about voting," he says. "I really want this guy coming from the White House. If they wanted that, I would probably do it with them. "
Crosby – who will play Out of Doors at the Lincoln Center on August 11th – currently has two bands of younger musicians: the electro outfit Sky Trails, which includes his son James Raymond on keyboards and the Lighthouse acoustic group.
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But if you wonder why his name stands in his first place? The most famous band – Crosby, Stills & Nash – simply puts it this way: "Try to put it another way. None of the other options works.
This article originally appeared in the New York Post.