In Brief: An interesting trip through rock and roll via some fascinating nostalgia.
A note to David Crosby. Most everyone remembers your name David. Baby boomers for sure. We grew up on your music. First with The Byrds and later with Crosby, Stills and Nash, and then even later when Young got added to the band.
Some of the younger siblings of the boomers also remember your name. Then there are others, fans of great music and the incredible variety of bands, songs and styles of music from your era. They also remember who you are and what you did, and what you have meant to the history of rock and roll.
Hell, just as importantly, you as a member of The Byrds and CSNY are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
What your bandmates didn’t miss, and the more attentive among the rest of us didn’t miss, is the fact that you were a hardcore drug addict, and have recently, and finally, kicked that horse down the road.
Sadly, and worse, even when you weren’t abusing this drug, you were a complete jerk. Being a jerk can’t be totally blamed on the drugs. Unbridled ego and total narcissism is hard to hide and it’s hard to handle for those that love you.
After too many years, too many trials and too many insults, love dies.
Fans love you but your former colleagues do not. That aside, and I don’t mean to lecture you about that which you already know. Your film is a fascinating trip down rock and roll memory lane. From the exceptional harmonies and the iconic guitar of The Byrds to the even better song writing and harmonies of the super group CSNY and past that, your story is a fun watch.
And the music. Wow. The music. Your film is packed with your songs and those of your former bandmates, and the music of the most incredible era of original songwriting and bands in the history of the planet.
For that, I thank you for a movie that is a marvelous trip down rock and roll memory lane. I had a really good time.
Lover of rock and roll, drummer and someone who — with a band of his own — is, like you, still rocking.
Next up is Gary Wolcott the movie critic.
He — me — has a different take on the movie. This movie is Crosby’s catharsis. He takes all of us on a terrific tour of an era. It’s all there, the music, the drugs, the clothing, lifestyles, the sexual revolution and the anti-establishment revolution that raged against the morals and stale attitudes and politics of our parents and grandparents.
Or to quote The Grateful Dead from their song Truckin, what a long strange trip it’s been.
Crosby’s trip was especially strange. He had it all and lost it all. People cared. Now they don’t. He wishes they did but understands that they don’t. Whether any of his almost apology is sincere or not is up to history, and is up to those that have cut him out of their lives.
My guess is most of them — Stills, Nash, Young, Roger McGuinn from The Byrds, Joni Mitchell and a bunch of others — will probably take a pass and let Crosby continue to go his own way while they go theirs.
In the meantime, the rest of us — especially those of us who grew up with Crosby and his music — will love the music, will sometimes sing along, will smile, will laugh in spots and — yes, Mr. Crosby — we will remember your name.
Director: A.J. Eaton
Stars: David Crosby, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, The Byrds, Roger McGuinn, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell
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Not rated, probably R. This is a fascinating trip down rock and roll history lane. David Crosby leaves nothing out and shares his life, his music and his mistakes. Music lovers, do not miss this one. Give this a Friday Flicks with Gary 5 on the 0 to 5 scale.
Gary Wolcott has been reviewing movies on radio, television and newspaper since 1990. He believes — and this is an estimate only — that he’s seen something close to 10,000 movies in his lifetime. Gary is a lifelong fan of films and catches a couple of hundred movies a year. He believes movies ought to be seen on the big screen and not on the small screen in your living room or family room. While he loves movies, he also says reviewing film can be a real sacrifice and that he sees many movies so you don’t have to.
He is one of KXL 101.1 FM’s film critics and joined the news staff in 2014. Gary is also the film critic for Tri-Cities, Washington’s Tri-City Herald.