David Crosby admitted that it was odd being the center of attention during Tuesday night's (July 17th) premiere of the new documentary, David Crosby: Remember My Name. “Croz” joked with Variety, laughing as he explained, “It’s not easy. It’s hard being naked in public. I don’t know what to do here. There’s no guitars, no drums.”
Remember My Name was directed by A.J. Eaton, executive produced by Cameron Crowe, and is set to hit theaters on Friday (July 19th) in New York City and L.A. before seeing a nationwide release.
Crosby talked about the warts-and-all film, which is already receiving raves, saying, “They’ll see a real guy. They’ll see who I am. And I think it’s better that they see an honest portrayal than they see some kind of fake. At least they can learn from what they see. Documentaries these days are shine jobs. They generally do not tell you the truth. They tell you 'Oh, I discovered California, and right after that I invented electricity, and aren’t I cute?' And I’m not. I’m not cute. I’m a difficult guy and I’ve been through a whole lot of stuff. I’ve done some good work.”
He went on to say, “If you want to see a documentary, you want to know about that person. You want to know what’s going on in their head. You want to know what they care about. You want to know what matters to them. What they’re afraid of. Who they love. At least that’s what I want to see.”
Cameron Crowe, who interviewed Crosby in the new movie, first met him when covering Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young back in 1974 while still a teen writing for Rolling Stone. Crowe explained, “He should have been dead. And I think sometimes when people go through a drug phase or a self-destructive phase — a part of them dies. They don’t quite resurrect again. They might be in better health, but there’s kind of a vacant, not present feel that you get. Not him. His central spirit has always been pure. Music is what he wants. He tells you in the beginning of the movie: 'I would trade anything to keep my music alive.' He’s still that guy, but he’s tempted death in every possible way since. And music is still his salvation.”
Crowe talked about the difference between making the movie now — rather than as a memorial for a fallen rock idol: “Why not tell it while he’s alive and ready to talk? Let’s avoid the sanctimonious 'Oh, we’ve lost a legend' feel. The legend’s ready to talk. Right now. And he’s got a f***ing amazing memory. They may not be around forever. You may not be around forever. Get it down for history.”
David Crosby says that he still feels blessed and privileged to have been able to be a songwriter and recording artist for over half a century: “I'm not a wise man, I'm not a studied man, I'm not really an educated man. For me to glimpse a piece of truth that gleamingly clear is a big event in my life and to be able to transmit it, it's a big deal. And I felt that if we got any of that level on a record that I was functioning as I was born to do. This is the job I was born to do.”