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David Crosby: Remember My Name

Who are you when the lights have gone out?

What makes David Crosby: Remember My Name one of the best rock docs of all time is the no-bull immediacy of the filmmaking. At 77, the white-haired troubadour David Crosby can boast an enviable career as a founding member of both the Byrds and Crosby, Stills and Nash, as well as a prolific solo artist. Just don’t expect pretty pictures. Directed by A.J. Eaton and produced by Cameron Crowe, the doc doesn’t skip over Crosby’s years as a heroin and cocaine junkie who did five months of Texas prison time on drugs and weapons charges. And it definitely doesn’t soft-pedal his reputation as an SOB who pissed off damn near everyone he’s ever worked with. ‘I alienated all of them,’ says Crosby.

Poster for the disarmingly insightful doc David Crosby: Remember My NameCrosby doesn’t defend himself – he knows he’s not easy. He also knows the fact that he’s still alive is some kind of miracle. A diabetic with eight stents in his heart, Crosby has had a liver transplant and remains convinced that his heart will kill him in just a few years. These sound like the words of an old man, but nothing about the man on view here suggests infirmity or self pity. He can lunge right at you. Listen to the anecdote he tells about encountering John Coltrane mid-performance – one genius in thrall to another. It’s electrifying.

– Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

 

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