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Saturday, January 21, 2023

A Tribute & Appreciation for David Crosby: 1941 - 2023

APPRECIATION: The Contrasts of David Crosby
Member of revered Woodstock-era rock trio sang like a cherub, but his life wasn't all peace and love
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"David Crosby, pictured in 2019, sang delicate harmonies while living a reckless life, making him one of the Woodstock generation's most important and paradoxical figures."
by Chris Richards, Washington Post - January 21, 2023


The tributes and appreciation for David Crosby, who passed on Thursday at age 81, continue to flow in from around the EARTH.

From the Washington Post's APPRECIATION: The Contrasts of David Crosby by Chris Richards:

As an irritable bon vivant who mainlined jazz and cocaine to sing lullabies like a cherub in a Tiepolo painting, David Crosby made no sense. He sang supremely delicate harmonies while living a reckless life, his hedonism, skepticism, tenderness and arrogance eventually coalescing into a shoulder shrug of self awareness. On the first page of his 1988 memoir, Crosby wrote, "I know I have an ego -- opinions differ as to its health, size, and value."
Crosby was of the Age of Aquarius but not starry-eyed
by Chris Richards, Washington Post - January 21, 2023
Earlier today, before getting ready for this weekend we took a moment to listen to some Croz. His Music will live forever. Rest In Peace, David Crosby. Thank you for the memories 



I don’t know what to say other than I’m heartbroken to hear about David Crosby. David was an unbelievable talent - such a great singer and songwriter. And a wonderful person. I just am at a loss for words. Love & Mercy to David’s family and friends. Love, Brian


A lovely voice and a lovely human being. Sincerest thanks to David Crosby for his kindness and for singing so beautifully to us all. -The Avett Brothers


God bless David Crosby and peace and love to all his family peace and love Ringo

Cameron Crowe

Robert Kennedy, Jr.

Tom counted David Crosby as a friend and a hero. He visited often at his house in the valley. He was funny, provocative and electric with talent. His contribution to music will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and love to his family, bandmates and fans.

Neil Young on Crosby in Waging Heavy Peace 
"Missing you already, Croz. Love to Jan…" ~ James

Brian Jones and David Crosby, Monterey Pop Festival , 1967


Sending our deepest condolences to the family of David Crosby. In this photo, President Carter meets with @thedavidcrosby @StillsStephen & Nash on 6/9/77. 


Photo by Henry Diltz 

Bob Dylan on David Crosby: "Crosby was a colorful and unpredictable character, wore a Mandrake the Magician cape, didn’t get along with too many people and had a beautiful voice — an architect of harmony. He could freak out a whole city block all by himself. I liked him a lot."  

Melissa Etheridge remembers David Crosby: "I am grieving the loss of my friend and Bailey’s biological father, David. He gave me the gift of family ... His music and legacy will inspire many generations to come. A true treasure."

I can't begin to say how influential Crosby, Stills and Nash were for me. I'm grateful David Crosby lived, and so very sad he's gone.

David Crosby was a friend for many years, always a warm and supportive fan with insightful comments about my work. So bright and so funny, he was always a joy to be around.

On sept 12,2001 David Crosby offered me a ride on his tour bus from Denver to LA after the attacks on 911. Such a generous and kind soul. Swift auspicious rebirth to you brother. 

RIP David Crosby. As a member of The Byrds, 1 of the historically essential Artists that created the Artform of Rock. The Byrds, Bob Dylan, Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Who, Beach Boys & Yardbirds, showed future generations like us what was possible. We owe him, and them, everything.
Dear Croz, Rest in Peace and Song, old friend. Much Love and Healing to Jan and Django, from Nils and Amy

Finally, here is a fan's heartfelt tribute to David Crosby. 

Thanks Davy.  We do understand and get it.  And so do lots of others.  We grieve together over the loss and celebrate the music...because music is love

More on David Crosby @


"They are one person
 They are two alone 
They are three together 
They are for/4 each other" 

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - 2006
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David Crosby Tribute - NBC Nightly News 

 Although we cut our hair, David ... We'll Remember His Name ... definitely

“However much time I got isn’t really the significant thing — it’s what I do with that time, right? And it looks to me that the only contribution I can make, the place where I can help, is to make more music.”  

 - David Crosby in 2021 

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At 1/21/2023 11:04:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

The outpouring of grief and celebration over Crosby's passing is both surprising and pleasing.

2 quick points here. 1st, it seems that Neil has been written out of Crosby obits to a degree. For example, the above appreciation from WaPo completely omits the fact that Neil did in fact perform at Woodstock w/ CSN as CSNY.

All of which makes Neil's statement all the more poignant.

Lastly, please try and watch Davy's heartfelt grief over learning of David's passing. We received the video within moments of the official news of Crosby's passing. It is this in the moment passion which brings us all together in music and love.

thanks Davy.

At 1/21/2023 03:24:00 PM, Blogger said...

A contradictory life of truth, imbalance and naked storytelling. Neil is right in that it was really he, not Neil, who was the glue keeping the foursome together. Maybe David was the amalgam of all the others put quirky as Dylan, as fiery as Lennon, as piercing as Miles and as constant as Willie. He was blues, jazz, rock, folk and pure Croz shaken and definitely not stirred into a Molotov-esque cocktail of daring, impossibility and breaking despair. He never had to say black lives matter, or love is love, because he celebrated the broken and forlorn with his catfish grin and Rasputin stare. We did not wonder why he did not cut his hair.

Like so many, my life in song has almost never sung without him. Our friend Davy wept sincere tears, Beatles bowed their heads, a truly great President acknowledged his live and his passing.

I I owe someone. I always did. Maybe we didn't realize it was always you, David.

"Wind blowing through my sails
It feels like I'm gone
Leaving with the wind blowing
Through my sails"---Neil Young

At 1/21/2023 04:11:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Thanks much for comment here tony@wbkm.

Definitely a contradictory, paradoxical life.

Davy's tears were a tribute to the impact of the music. As we would sign off on our podcasts, we feel like we owe it to someone. Someone like Croz.

it is our journey. Our self appointed task. we continue.

onward thru the haze

At 1/21/2023 04:21:00 PM, Blogger Richie Cruz said...

Wonderful tributes all around, of course leave it to Mr Zimmerman to say it best.

At 1/21/2023 11:44:00 PM, Blogger JudoGary said...

I pondered the day when the hope for a CSNY reunion tour would be gone. Now with the passing of David Crosby, I will relish the memories of the times I got to see them and meet them evermore.

At 1/21/2023 11:44:00 PM, Blogger JudoGary said...

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