Do Not Go Gently
by Adam Perry for Westword, 9/10/2019
Six decades into his career, David Crosby is a workhorse in the studio and on the road. He’s still got the same angelic voice that harmonized on radio hits in the 1960s and ’70s with the Byrds, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Jackson Browne, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. And yet the trajectory of his career has been far from linear.
He bottomed out in the early ’80s after abusing drugs, and spent months in prison on gun and drug charges. Today he marvels at his survival, while other legendary musicians with appetites for partying — Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia and many more — died too young.
In recent years, Crosby has been writing, recording and touring as if his time is running out — and it is, to hear him tell it. Speaking to me by telephone from his home in Los Angeles, where he was born and raised, the grizzled rock-and-roll veteran — who has dropped four solo albums in the past four years after releasing just three in the previous 43 — says his goal is to make as much original music as possible while he’s still ticking.
“Yeah, I’m gonna do it as much as I can until I die,” he says. “I think that’s right.” (READ THE REST AT WESTWORD.COM HERE)