David Crosby: CSN is ‘NOT Alive and Well’

David Crosby shed some light on his issues with longtime best friend Graham Nash, which according to Nash have put an end to Crosby, Stills, & Nash. Crosby, who’s currently on the road as part of a solo acoustic tour, told The San Diego Union-Tribune, “I wouldn’t say CSN was alive and well, no. I’d say it’s on indefinite hold. Graham has been pretty much of a (expletive) to me, for a while. I would not say that’s the only reason, but we’re definitely giving (CSN) a rest.”

Part of the reason for Crosby’s recent disdain for Nash is due to what he feels are negative and untrue stories told in Nash’s 2013 autobiography, called, Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life: “Graham’s book is full of inaccuracies and chock-full of misinformation. When he handed (an advance copy) to me, he said: ‘It’s too late to change anything, but here it is.’ I was very unhappy about it. It’s a very shallow, very self-serving book, and full of B.S. Chock-full.”

  • One passage from the book that specifically infuriated Crosby: “Often, I would knock on (Crosby’s) hotel door, which he kept propped open with a security jamb, and he’d be getting (oral sex from two women), all while he was talking and doing business on the phone and rolling joints and smoking and having a drink.”
  • Crosby countered: “Not true. I don’t drink. I don’t roll joints when I’m getting (oral sex). I wouldn’t have left the door open. It sounds good in his book. He did that, repeatedly, and said things that were not true, because they would sell the book.”
  • Crosby has enough material for two new albums, the first of which, called Lighthouse, will be the first to be released in the near future. Crosby explained, “What happened is that, for some reason — maybe because I’m happy now — I’ve had this genesis, the biggest burst of songs I’ve written in the longest time. So I’m making two solo records, and they’re really good. I don’t think it matters which order they come out in. We don’t make money off of records any more. We make records because they will last longer than us and they are the music we made with our lives. I’m proud to do them, but it’s not to make money. I do them because I love doing them. We’ll finish them when we finish them and put them out whenever we do. The joy is in the making.”
  • David Crosby told us that being a singer-songwriter has allowed him a unique connection to the human race. He told us about the best part of doing what he does: “People come up to me and say, ‘Jeez, I don’t wanna disturb you, but we conceived our first child to that song, and it means so much to me’. . . ‘The reason I bought a sailboat is because ‘Wooden Ships’ transported me’. . . ‘I don’t wanna bug you, but, y’know, if I didn’t have that first Crosby, Stills, & Nash record to listen to when I was in the ‘Nam — I wouldn’t have made it back. It kept my spirits up. Times when nothing else did.’ Well (laughs), you gotta live on that stuff, man. That really makes you feel like you have a purpose. There are times when it comes back to you the most astoundingly rewarding ways. And that’s probably it, when you know you’ve touched somebody’s life. Or expressed something that really meant something to them.”

Check out David Crosby solo from last summer:

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