Monday, July 20, 2015

Legends of Rock: David Crosby

About: David Crosby

Legendary singer-songwriter and social justice activist David Crosby is a two time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, inducted as a member of both the iconic folk-rock band The Byrds — with whom he first rose to stardom — and the iconic Woodstock era-defining group Crosby, Stills & Nash.

A native Californian-and son of an Academy Award-winning cinematographer-Crosby originally intended to be an actor when he moved from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 1960. Music prevailed, however, and Crosby began his career as a folksinger, playing clubs and coffeehouses nationwide. Back in L.A. in '63, Crosby formed The Byrds with Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, Gene Clark and Michael Clarke, winning widespread recognition for his song writing and charismatic presence. Driven by hits including "Eight Miles High," "Turn! Turn! Turn!," and a cover of Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man," The Byrds' signature electric folk-rock influenced countless musicians to come.

Crosby left The Byrds in 1967 to embark on a lifelong collaboration with Graham Nash and Stephen Stills. Renowned for vocal harmonies, stellar musicianship and timeless songs, Crosby, Stills, & Nash (CSN) have been called "the voice of a generation," and were GRAMMY-honoured in 1969 as Best New Artist. The trio's self-titled debut album introduced classics including the Crosby-penned tracks "Guinnevere" and "Wooden Ships"—today, it is included on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Crosby continues to tour and record with CSN, as well as with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and as a duo with Graham Nash.

As a solo artist, Crosby debuted with the 1971 masterpiece “If Only I Could Remember My Name”, recently reissued as a two-disc set featuring a 5.1 mix, video footage, and other bonuses. David Crosby also performs and records with CPR, the jazz-flavored trio he formed in 1995 with his son James Raymond and Jeff Pevar.

Crosby's release in 2004 “Crosby-Nash”, a 2-CD set with Graham Nash, was their first as a duo since 1976's Whistling Down The Wire. Their debut LP together, '72's Crosby & Nash-featuring "Southbound Train" and "Immigration Man"-is regarded as one of the best side projects from the CSN&Y sphere. Their catalogue also includes 1975's Wind On The Water and the live gem Another Stoney Evening. Previously a CD-only release of a 1971 concert recording, the latter title is now available in digital and LP versions as the inaugural releases on Blue Castle Records, the independent label Crosby formed with Nash in 2011. Voyage, a 3-disc, career-spanning retrospective box set touching on all aspects of Crosby's oeuvre, was released in 2006.

January 2014 saw the release of David Crosby’s latest album “CROZ” on Blue Castle Records. Working with his son James Raymond along with guitarist Marcus Eaton with added solos by Mark Knopfler and Wynton Marsalis, CROZ delivers a soft Folk Harmonic Jazzy atmosphere that carries meaningful lyrics that resonate with friends, fans and followers alike. CROZ is the voice of yesterday and today. 


If I Could Only Remember My Name – 1971
Oh Yes I Can – 1989
Thousand Roads – 1993
It’s All Coming Back to Me Now – 1995
King Biscuit Flower Hour - 1996
CPR: Live at Cuesta College – 1998
CPR – 1998
CPR – Just Like Gravity – 2001
CROZ - 2014

Crosby is also the author of three books including Stand and Be Counted: Making Music, Making History/The Dramatic Story of the Artists and Causes That Changed America, which underscores his commitment to social activism, and belief that artists and musicians are potent agents for change. Crosby's two autobiographical volumes are Long Time Gone and Since Then: How I Survived Everything And Lived To Tell About It. The latter, per Entertainment Weekly, chronicles, "A fascinating life worthy of a sequel."

Dangerous Night – (Album: CROZ – 2014)

What’s Broken – (Album: CROZ – 2014)

David Crosby writing with James Raymond & Marcus Eaton – CROZ

David Crosby - Sons / Family

Stories and Songs from David Crosby – The Aspen Institute – 2008

David Crosby Interview Book TV (CSPAN) – 2000

CPR – Morrison (Live) - Montreux Jazz Festival 1998

CPR - Homeward Through the Haze (Live) – Montreux Jazz Festival 1998

Déjà vu (Live) CPR - 1998

Almost Cut My Hair (Live) – (Album: It’s All Coming Back to Me Now – 1995)

Helpless Heart - (Album: Thousand Roads – 1993)

Through Your Hands– (Album: Thousand Roads – 1993)

Oh Yes I Can – (Full Album – 1989)

If Only I Could Remember My Name – (Full Album – 1971)

Crosby, Nash - Guinnevere – (Live) – 1970

The Byrds – Hey Joe (Live) – 1967

David Crosby – Official Website
David Crosby – Last FM
David Crosby - Facebook
David Crosby - Twitter
David Crosby - YouTube
David Crosby - iTunes
David Crosby – Official Store
David Crosby - Amazon

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