Monday, June 30, 2014

David Crosby

David Crosby is a stone cold hippy. He didn't go Hollywood, he went the other way around when he left the Byrds and their LA scene for the Bay Area. He lived on his boat in Sausalito while he took enormous quantities of drugs, hung with the Dead and the Airplane, and wrote, co-wrote, sang and played on some phenomenal music in the late sixties and early seventies...the free love, guns, dope, jail time, reunion tours, good and bad records, environmentalism, sperm donation...it all adds up to an interesting cat who still talks like an idealist. Outraged, but hopeful...

One of my favorite records has long been his solo debut, If I Could Only Remember My Name. I've owned it at least three times: LP, original CD issue and the Deluxe Edition. It's just one of those albums...recorded during a collaborative and fertile time in the Bay Area, with members of the various bands all dropping by each other's sessions and playing on each other's projects, in what came to be known as the Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra.

An episode devoted to this music and Cros's career seems in order...Playlist will be posted in a subsequent update...

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