“David Crosby: Remember My Name” promises to be harrowing, intimate

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At the wise age of 77, and a long history as a world-renown musician, David Crosby has a great deal of insight to shed on his life. The new documentary, “David Crosby: Remember My Name” promises to explore the life, music and persona of Crosby. The movie is intended for New York and Los Angeles release July 19, 2019.

David Crosby’s life and music

Starting with the Byrds in 1964, Crosby sometimes seems to make music as if his life depends on it, and according to the film’s trailer, perhaps it does. He is probably best known for his role in the iconic folk rock group Crosby, Stills and Nash. The group sometimes included singer and guitarist Neil Young.

In just the trailer, viewers get a sense that despite what seemed like success on the outside, inside Crosby’s life there was pain and missteps. A particularly poignant moment reveals (by Crosby) that no one that he has made music with will speak to him anymore. From the perspective of people who weren’t there, it seems as though whatever he did, enough years have passed that Crosby could be forgiven for whatever he did. But, of course, that is easy to say when a person is not involved.

Still, the moment drives interest in the film. In other clips, Crosby mentions the allure of heroin and discusses the loss he experienced that opened him to trying the drug.

In other moments, audiences will get to see the house that inspired the song “Our House.” True fans of Crosby, Stills and Nash will appreciate the moment.

From just the trailer, it is clear that the film has a great deal going on, and potentially, many aspects to recommend it. But, then  unstated warning provided by the trailer is that this isn’t just a film to feel good about. This is the reality of a life lived with mistakes and triumphs with meaningful songs having been created along the way.

“David Crosby: Remember My Name” was produced by Cameron Crowe.

 

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Dodie Miller-Gould is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana who lives in New York City where she studies creative nonfiction at Columbia University. She has BA and MA degrees in English from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and an MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research interests include popular music and culture, 1920s jazz, and blues, confessional poetry, and the rhetoric of fiction. She has presented at numerous conferences in rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Her creative works have appeared in Tenth Muse, Apostrophe, The Flying Island, Scavenger's Newsletter and elsewhere. She has won university-based awards for creative work and literary criticism.

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