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5.0 out of 5 stars Crosby;A Lucky Man.
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...
Published on 8 Dec 2002

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3.0 out of 5 stars No surprises
Ended up not liking 'Cros' very much. A gritty read in the American media style - made for the Crosby fan rather than the general reader. What you see its what you get. Money, drugs, excess - you get the idea. No surprises here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crosby;A Lucky Man., 8 Dec 2002
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars David Crosby - The monster and the man, 22 April 2013
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This review is from: Long Time Gone: The Autobiography of David Crosby (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. Crosby often talks in this volume of challenging "permissible behaviour" which must have been wonderful for him but utterly obnoxious for those who surrounded him. To be fair he recognises this and the drug monster he became. He questions to a friend that "don't you realise I never stop" and tells the story of his free basing whilst at the wheel- "I'm the best no hands knee steering driver in the world" - he confesses. The recognition that that he could have wiped out families and children as a result of this behaviour is part of the gut wrenching catharsis which populates the latter part of this book including testimonies from arresting police officers. Throughout its pages we are also introduced to the Laurel Canyon elite not least David Geffen but also his one time lover Joni Mitchell for whom he party wrote "Guinevere"; plus just about all the elements of the Woodstock cast list. Throughout the anchor relationship for Crosby is with Graham Nash who should be knighted for his patience and loyalty. Despite being sick of Crosby's drug abuse it was Nash who put down $3,500, and finally got Crosby and his partner Jan Dance to enter Scripps Hospital in Carlsbad, California, hoping the staff could treat their drug addiction. Indeed there are so many instances set out in this book when friends could have abandoned Crosby but a hard core stuck with him. His producer Stanley Johnson tells of a recording session when despite efforts to records vocals one line at a time Crosby's vocals were wrecked and he shut the session with the singer in a pitiful mess. The book is relentless on his dependency and totally demystifies the so-called glamour of designer drug cocaine which essentially ruined Crosby's life. It is sometimes a harrowing read and Crosby is laid bare for all to see. It is not a nice picture and despite his undoubted charisma and charm at the end of it all you can barely escape the judgement of David Geffen who at one point states that "I wish I could tell you that I thought David was a nice guy. He wasn't".

It is however to the credit of Crosby that he dragged himself out of this deep mire and has followed this volume with the less well written but more upbeat follow up "Since Then: How I Survived Everything and Lived to Tell about It". David Crosby was a product of his generation that now seems like a relic of a bygone age. He had neither the stellar musical talent of Stills, the humanity of Nash or the sheer brilliance and longevity of Young. Yet he did have a voice touched by the angels and is as essential to their story and the wider canvass of the sixties and seventies as other figures who loomed equally large like Garcia, Dylan and Mitchell. "Long time gone" will not teach you love Crosby, it will often lead you to loathe him but ultimately he is one of the greatest rock survivors plus a musician and catalyst of true importance and for that and much more he deserves our admiration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A glorious description of an honest man., 18 May 2001
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This review is from: Long Time Gone (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
4.0 out of 5 stars kept me entertained!, 18 Oct 2013
This review is from: Long Time Gone: The Autobiography of David Crosby (Paperback)
Very good book. Very honest although i would have preferred more info about the music ! Still very good though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great service, 4 Jun 2014
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I haven't read the book yet but have been looking for it for a long time. The book is in fabulous condition, so thank you
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3.0 out of 5 stars No surprises, 11 Aug 2014
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Ended up not liking 'Cros' very much. A gritty read in the American media style - made for the Crosby fan rather than the general reader. What you see its what you get. Money, drugs, excess - you get the idea. No surprises here.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars get rich, get stoned, and wreck your liver., 7 Mar 2014
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just more of successfull individuals, with a lifelong obsession for hard drugs. same story on every page. drugs, hangers on, all bought and paid for, by wealth and success. endless drug excess. just so bloody boring, takes up most of this book, so far.
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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could do better, methinks..., 27 Sep 2009
I love the Cros, and I've been a big, big fan of CSN&Y (in any combination) practically all my life. Although I prefer the music of Young and Nash, Crosby is a larger than life character with great presense. If Crosby has a fault, it's his songwriting output - songs like Delta, Tracks in the Dust are classics, but his outpouring could never match young. Hence, every other Cros song is a dud or just uninteresting.
I read this on release years ago, and recently bought it again to read over. The book sadly mirrors the music. Some excellent recollections (the coach on fire, Stills throwing the icy water over his head) but mainly the book is a dud, or just uninteresting. And that's a shame; this is a great guy with an amazing story to tell!
The problem is with the lay-out. Too many interviews basically relating the same tale over and over. Too much name dropping, Lennon, Dylan etc but not pertinent to the story. I hope this gets done again, maybe David should try and do it on his own to get a more personal feel. Three stars cos I like the guy, but I wish I'd have remembered this was not good first time around and saved my money.
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