David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019)

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David Crosby: Remember My Name: Directed by A.J. Eaton. With David Crosby, Stephen Barncard, Jackson Browne, Jan Crosby. Meet David Crosby in this portrait of a man with everything but an easy retirement on his mind.

“u0026quot;David Crosby: Remember My Nameu0026quot; (2019 documentary; 95 min.) is a documentary about the life and times of the (in)famous musician, a founding member of both the Byrds and Crosby, Stills u0026amp; Nash (and Young). As the movie opens, Crosby is telling a story from back in the day when they were playing a gig in Chicago. Letu0026#39;s just say, it involves drugs (of course!). Along the way we learn that he is now 76 (when this was filmed in 2017), and that he regrets having wasted so much time u0026quot;smashed on drugsu0026quot; (Crosbyu0026#39;s words). He is getting ready for another tour (as a solo artist). u0026quot;I love singing but I hate leaving (home)u0026quot;, Crosby confesses. u0026quot;Me no music? Never. I NEED to tour.u0026quot; At this point we are less than 10 min. into the movie.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eCouple of comments: even though the film is technically directed by a certain A.J. Eaton, Cameron Croweu0026#39;s fingers are all over this, including as producer and also having interviewed Crosby back in 1974, when he was all of 17 (that interview comes up in this documentary). The basic premise of the film is as simple as it is revealing: let the man talk, and add archive clips where there are available (easier said than done). Crosby turns out to be a master story teller, and he does not mince words, including about himself. u0026quot;I have been selfish and Iu0026#39;ve hurt a lot of peopleu0026quot;, Crosby admits. Byrds band mate Roger McGuinn puts it this way: u0026quot;Insufferableu0026quot;, wow. Along the way, we get treated to an outstanding amount of audio and video clips of his music. Quite a collection when you line it up like that. I enjoyed this documentary overall, and feel it is a nice companion to the u0026quot;Echo in the Canyonu0026quot; documentary from earlier this year.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eu0026quot;David Crosby: Remember My Nameu0026quot; premiered to immediate acclaim at this yearu0026#39;s Sundance film festival. It currently has a near-perfect 98% u0026quot;certified freshu0026quot; rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I donu0026#39;t think I would rate it quite that high. The documentary opened the weekend before last at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati and I finally had a chance to check it out. The Tuesday evening screening where I saw this at was attended okay (about 10 people). If you are a fan of David Crosby or interested in rock music history, Iu0026#39;d readily suggest you check this out, be it in the theater, on VOD, or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusion.”


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