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Long Time Gone: Autobiography of David Crosby Paperback – 7 Jun 1990


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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Mandarin; New edition edition (7 Jun 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749302836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749302832
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,062,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 April 2013
Format: Paperback
When David Crosby was kicked out of the Byrds any right thinking person must have had some sympathy with poor old Roger McQuinn. To hear Crosby aimlessly wittering on at the Monterey pop festival with his embarrassing almost teenage political rantings about the Warren Commission on Kennedy's death and the terrible version of "Hey Joe" you wish he would just shut up pontificating and concentrate on the music. Check out him stoned on the BBC concert with Graham Nash in 1970 when he is truly the most irritating man on the planet introducing the songs and trying to do an appalling mimic of Nash's accent.....and then he sings. Crosby had/has a magical voice and his yin and yang was that of a person who bought into some of the most clichéd aspects of the sixties counter culture lock, stock and two smoking joints (plus of course the terrible hypocritical sexism of "free loving musicians") but at the same time managed to record some of the best music of the period, His 1971 solo album "If Only I Could Remember My Name" is rightly regarded with the passing of the years as a masterpiece of the era and possibly one of the strongest and most important records in the whole CSNY canon including Neil Young albums of the same period. Yet on the dark side he is a someone who has been jailed for possession of drugs and firearms in 1985 and indulged in huge levels drug abuse which dominated his existence for 25 years and nearly killed him.

His autobiography "Long time gone" co written with Carl Gottlieb is also one of the best of its kind, not least charting the size of the ego on the prowl preoccupied with sailing, women and song. Yet it is drugs that are at the core of this book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Dec 2002
Format: Paperback
This has to rank as one of the great rock autobiographies,Crosby comes across as real and as absorbable as his soaring voice.His insights into the developing West coast rock movement and his own rise to fame are as informative as they are entertaining.The books mood becomes decidedly darker as egos collide and recreational drug use becomes full blown addiction,with sad and sorry cosequences.Crosby's spirit prevails in the end,his friendships emerging rather remakably intact,considering the trials he puts them through,testimony to his frankly lovable character.A must read for not only music fans but anyone who enjoys a story that reads like a heartfelt song.
A lucky man indeed.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 May 2001
Format: Hardcover
To many David Crosby is a voice, a Byrd or part of CSNY. This book provides us with David Crosby the man. It shows his soaring talents,his failings and the price he paid for the fame he has enjoyed since the mid-sixties. It is an honest account of a childhood surrounded by exceptional parental influence, which, as often is the case, can only be appreciated later in life. The story moves swiftly to his life as a struggling artist until he gains world-wide fame as the force behind The Byrds. Through hassles and egos he moves on to start afresh with Stephen Stills and Graham Nash to form CSN. Casual drug consumption becomes the main focus of his life and he details the many 'bumps and scrapes'he endured before this leader of the 'free love'generation found true love himself with his wife Jan. Through her support and the guidance of close friends Crosby now lives the life he deserves: one of an artist and friend to millions who have been touched by his music. This book shows what an honest man he is. His friend Nash needs a medal for putting up with him over the years and it is clear that their friendship made the difference between darkness and light. Anyone who has ever allowed an addiction rule their lives will recognise themselves in this book. Others who may be considering dabbling in drugs will think again. Music lovers will simply swoon with the fine details afforded by Crosby's recollections. All young people should read this book to see how fame and fortune are not the 'be all and end all'. Friends, love and music really are the important things in Crosby's life now and then.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sheep1 on 20 Oct 2014
Format: Paperback
I originally read this 25 years ago, soon after it came out, and it's a book I love to read again every couple of years. I love the style of multiple voices telling their own version of events - the very best form of journalistic overview of events. But most riveting of all is the story of David Crosby's tragic slow decline into the most extreme drug addiction and his painful recovery and rebirth - it's so moving and inspiring when he describes finding himself again, becoming awake again, and realising that he is going to finally beat his addiction. It's a profoundly moving story of the power of the human spirit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By smallsey on 18 Oct 2013
Format: Paperback
Very good book. Very honest although i would have preferred more info about the music ! Still very good though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By brian ingram on 24 Sep 2014
Format: Paperback
Graham Nash 'Wild Tales' covers the music side in detail. Nash is truly a friend to Crosby and 'Wild Tales' is an excellent read.
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