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Facing the Music in David Crosby: Remember My Name
By Jane Greenstein for Cinemacy
How is David Crosby still alive? The mystery
of how the singer has conquered drug
addiction, multiple health scares, jail time and
heartbreak will undoubtedly draw fans to David
Crosby: Remember My Name. Confronting
his mortality, Crosby, 77 – previously part
of two supergroups The Byrds and Crosby,
Stills & Nash (and sometimes Young) – is
here to make peace and offer something of
a mea culpa.
Director A.J. Eaton’s documentary opens with
Crosby sprawled on the couch, therapy-style,
humorously recounting a drug-addled encounter
with legendary jazz musician John Coltrane in
the bathroom at one of the saxophonist’s gigs.
But Crosby isn’t here to dish about his famous
friends.Instead, he focuses on making amends
to his family, both biological and musical.
On the receiving end of Crosby’s
warts-and-all confessions is Almost Famous
writer, director, and rock journalist
Cameron Crowe, who was drafted by Eaton
to coax the talkative Crosby into baring
his soul. There is a lot to cover besides
Crosby’s rock ‘n roll stardom, including
his arrest on weapons and drug charges in the
1980s, and his 32-year marriage to adoring
wife Jan Dance -- also a recovering addict.
One foot in the past and the other in the
present, the time not with Crowe is spent
on a road trip with Crosby driving to pivotal
places along his musical superhighway.
These include stops on the Sunset Strip, a
reluctant trip up Laurel Canyon, and to Kent
Despite all the fertile material, Remember My
Name may disappoint some by what’s omitted:
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David Crosby: Remember My Name, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Major life events don’t even garner a mention,
including Crosby’s liver transplant in 1994
that occurred within months of his reunion
with a son who was given up for adoption 32
years prior. Crosby also served as the sperm
donor for singer Melissa Etheridge, resulting
in two more children. Crosby’s complicated
family tree could be a movie itself.
At the film’s end, you’re left to decide
how you feel about Crosby and whether
he’s sufficiently made amends. Indeed, of
all the recent music films that came out this
year capturing the 1970s musical landscape
-- from Amazing Grace to Echo in the
Canyon -- the one that Remember My Name
shares a common lineage is, bear with me,
the over-the-top biopic Rocketman. Crosby
and Elton John burned bright in the 1970s
and went down strikingly similar paths. Both
speak of their loveless fathers and find solace
and redemption through music. Both men
achieve massive stardom and succumb to drug
addiction before coming out the other side.
These films ask us to either empathize
with or at the very least better tolerate the
havoc their subjects wreaked (on themselves
and others.) Whereas Rocketman concludes
with a montage of John’s triumphs since
sobriety, we’re just grateful at the end of
Remember My Name that Crosby is alive to
sing another day. That, the filmmakers seem
to say, is enough. •
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