Rock legend David Crosby reached out to his estranged bandmates Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young and said he’d love to make music with them again.
“I want to work with all four of us. That’s what I want to do,” the singer said in January during an interview at TheWrap studio following the Sundance premiere of the new documentary “David Crosby: Remember My Name” (which opens in limited release on Friday).
“I’ll take more blame than anybody for being a s—head to my friends in that group,” he added.
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Asked what he would say to his longtime friend Nash if he had the chance to speak with him, Crosby, 77, said: “I’d probably tell him I love him. It’s the highest of the emotions I feel about them. It’s the best I’ve got.”
Crosby, Stills and Nash broke up in 2016 after old resentments and fresh wounds exploded in a final rupture, and they haven’t spoken since then.
Crosby went on: “If I had a chance to talk to him [Nash] I’d sit down and say: ‘I haven’t changed, I’m the same f—up you started with in the first place. Here I am. I’m trying to be a decent guy. And if you want to make some music, I’d love to.'”
But Crosby went on to say he would really like to see CSNY — the band including Neil Young — play together again. Young has not spoken to Crosby since he learned of a derogatory remark Crosby made about Daryl Hannah, who Young married last year.
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David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash appear in “David Crosby: Croz Was Here” by AJ Eaton, an official selection of the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance | photo by Henry Diltz
Crosby is in a confessional mood. In “David Crosby: Remember My Name,” a new documentary about his life produced by Cameron Crowe and directed by A.J. Eaton, the musician speaks candidly about his regrets, his drug addiction and the price paid by friends, fellow musicians and former girlfriends for his past choices.
The comments are all the more piercing because the interviews in the film are done by Crowe, the director who started his career as a teenage writer for Rolling Stone and has known Crosby since then.
In his interview at TheWrap studio at the festival, Crowe said that Crosby was at a stage of life when he seemed ready to be open about his past.
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“One of the things that really touches me in the movie is when Graham says, ‘I talked to him every day for that amount of time,'” Crowe said. “When he goes to an elemental place it’s not about other things, it’s about — every day he got to talk with you. And that feels like a hole. It’s a palpable thing every time I see the movie.”
Crosby responded: “We were not only good friends but brothers for a long time. That’s real. It’s clear in my head, I haven’t forgotten.”
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Sharon Waxman, is the founder, CEO and Editor in Chief of TheWrap. She is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, and was a Hollywood correspondent for The New York Times. Twitter: @sharonwaxman