At the forefront of rock stardom for six decades, David Crosby was a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee—as a founding member of the Byrds in the mid-’60s and the iconic Crosby Stills & Nash (winners of the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1969). The folk-rock legend created songs that resonated as cultural touchstones (“Almost Cut My Hair,” “Wooden Ships”), serving as the social conscience for the baby-boomer generation. He enjoyed success as a solo performer, collaborating with dozens of world-renowned artists, including Joni Mitchell, Jerry Garcia, Melissa Etheridge, David Gilmour and Phil Collins. Crosby was the subject of the 2019 documentary Remember My Name, produced by Cameron Crowe. He passed away on January 18, 2023, at the age of 81.
David talks with G. Brown about growing up in Hollywood (0:50), his first visit to Colorado (1:55), the birth of Crosby, Stills & Nash and their early Colorado performances (3:40), his multiple performances at Red Rocks (7:37), his approach to singing harmony (8:05), lending a hand to sire Melissa Etheridge’s two children (11:44), appearing on The Simpsons (14:03), his views on politics and the future of democracy (15:24), his expertise specific to cannabis, drug addiction and the economics of music streaming services (19:10), his current songwriting methods (27:43), his stint in a Texas prison (31:56), the magic of making music with Jerry Garcia (33:36) and receiving accolades from the Vatican (37:44).