David Crosby: Remember My Name

Subtitle it The Ballad of Never-Easy Rider. Produced by Cameron Crowe, David Crosby: Remember My Name is a self-actualized love letter to one of rock's most significant rollercoaster-ride careers. Croz's admitted goal for the film's wished-for postscript is some level of interactive redemption with his chief collaborators of years past—i.e., Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young—all of whom he doesn't speak with to this day. (Why? As he readily admits, the combination of anger and adrenaline always turn him into "instant asshole.")

220croz.boxCrowe conducts the majority of the astute on-camera interviews with Croz that appear throughout the film, itself a combo travelogue/ documentary interspersed with little-seen historical footage and excerpts of live performances and studio recordings. Director A.J. Eaton's lens follows Croz (often shepherded in an imposing black Cadillac Escalade) to some of the more significant settings in his artistic life—the house in Lauren Canyon where Crosby, Stills & Nash first sang together, various performance spaces on Sunset Strip— leading to numerous honest, blunt, and astute observations.


Visual quality varies, somewhat dependent on the condition of the unearthed vintage footage. That said, the color palette for the present-day shots is quite superb, such as the varying shades of blue in the button-down shirts Croz prefers to wear or the startling presence of vibrant, painterly perfect fall foliage when he revisits the Kent State campus, the site of the May 1970 massacre that inspired CSNY's most deeply affecting protest song, "Ohio." When Croz stands in the exact spot where the shootings occurred almost a half-century later, holding up the infamous black-and-white photo of a female student in mid-anguish overtop a dead student's body, the then/now juxtaposition is nothing short of soul-jarring.


Dialogue is center-channeled exactly as it should be, with subtle score accompaniment respectfully placed around it. Snippets of classic Croz-driven songs like "Almost Cut My Hair," "Long Time Gone," and "Compass" are absolutely mesmerizing in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1—a combination of dreamy lushness with three- and sometimes four-part harmonies that are quite chill-inducing.


Disc extras include a poignant Crosby-Crowe Q&A from the Asbury Park Film Festival, deleted and extended scenes, and extended interviews.

STUDIO: Sony Pictures Classics, 2019
AUDIO FORMAT: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
LENGTH: 93 mins.
STARRING: David Crosby, Jan Crosby, Roger McGuinn, Henry Diltz, Graham Nash

StifflerClause's picture

I thought his name was Dick Crosby? I always thought he was a Dick, there’s something about him that makes me think of him as a Dick.

Billy's picture

Here we have a man who broke many rules of the law and of common decency, yet he came out on top. Here we have a man who abused his liver with years of inebriation, but because of his deep pockets and notoriety, her got a new liver that someone had to die to give away. Were there more deserving people for that liver who have since died? People with out the means to pay for it? We will never know. Celebrity and money seem to buy a lot of our world today, too bad.

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