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  • Paperback: 570 pages
  • Publisher: David\Crosby#& Carl Gottlieb (26 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979048907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979048906
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Crosby is the musician named twice to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work in two of the most memorable groups in recording history, The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Carl Gottlieb is a screenwriter credited on both JAWS and THE JERK; their association dates back to the 1960's.


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By Red on Black TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 April 2013
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When David Crosby was kicked out of the Byrds any right thinking person must have had some sympathy for poor old Roger McQuinn. For example hear Crosby aimlessly wittering on at the Monterey pop festival with his embarrassing political rantings about the Warren Commission on Kennedy's death. It is followed by a terrible version of "Hey Joe". You wish he would just shut up, stop pontificating and concentrate on the music. Check out him stoned on a BBC concert with Graham Nash in 1970 when he is irritating beyond belief 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 a underpinning yin and yang of a person who bought into 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"). Yet 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 and 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 of substance abuse for 25 years that nearly killed him.

His autobiography "Long time gone" co-written with Carl Gottlieb is also one of the best of its kind, charting a huge ego on the prowl preoccupied with sailing, women, and song. But it is drugs that are at the core of this book.
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By A Customer on 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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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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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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I love David Crosby - his music in it's various settings has formed the soundtrack to my musical life, from the 60s to the present day - but after reading this very honest account of his life up to the late 80s I can imagine it would have been very hard to love the man if you actually knew him... Most of the book deals with his serial womanising, and particularly with his multiple drug addictions, particularly his enthusiasm for 'freebase' (look it up). His substance abuse drove him into near (if not actual) bankruptcy, perilously frail health, the loss of most of his friends and almost the loss of his beloved schooner 'The Mayan', which takes up another wedge of the book. Crosby admits he made very, very many very wrong decisions. Finally the drug taking landed him in jail, which almost definitely saved his life. It's amazing the Cros is still with us...
Well out together by Carl Gottlieb, the book has an effective structure, so the reader is clear whose 'voice' he is listening to - Crosby's, Gottlieb's (a long time friend and supporter), or the many interview subjects.
If I have one criticism of the book it is that it is relatively weak on much of the music making, and some of the dates of events are unclear. Still, as Crosby would be the first to admit, a lot of his life was a bit of a blur...
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