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Long Time Gone: The Autobiography of David Crosby Paperback – 26 Sep 2007
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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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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. 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 recognizes 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 freebasing whilst at the wheel- "I'm the best no hands knees steering driver in the world" - he confesses. The recognition that the action could have wiped out entire families as a consequence is part of the gut wrenching catharsis which populates the latter part of this book. It also includes testimonies from arresting police officers.
Throughout its pages, we are also introduced to the Laurel Canyon elite not least David Geffen plus his one-time lover Joni Mitchell for whom he wrote "Guinevere". It also includes nearly all the elements of the Woodstock cast list. Obviously 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 hardcore stuck with him. His producer Stanley Johnson tells of a recording session when despite efforts to records his vocals line by line Crosby's voice was so wrecked that he had to close 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 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 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 could 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.
A lucky man indeed.