David Crosby reflects on drug addiction, personal tragedy and conflicts with former bandmates in the new trailer for David Crosby: Remember My Name. The Cameron Crowe-produced documentary — which recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival — will open in New York and L.A. on July 19th.
The clip opens with Cameron Crowe asking the rock legend, “Do you ever wonder why you are still alive?” Without even a moment’s pause, he fires back, “I don’t know, man. No idea.” The 76-year-old songwriter proclaims that, despite his three heart-attacks and eight heart stents, he isn’t planning to slow down. “The last few years, I’ve made four solo albums,” he says. “I’m going for five.”
From there, the teaser jumps back to the darkness that shrouded his early career — from the tragic death of his girlfriend Christine Hinton to crippling substance abuse. “There’s just this emptiness,” he says of Hinton’s death. “It’s like a rip in the fabric. A friend of mine gave me a shot of heroin. Feels great, only the first time. After that, you’re just trying to catch it. And you never get back there, ever.”
Crosby also talks about losing touch with the musicians of his past — including Graham Nash, who appears in the trailer via a radio interview. “All the guys that I made music with won’t even talk to me,” Crosby says. “All of ’em.”
But the clip ends on a hopeful note, showing Crosby smiling onstage. Asked if he would trade his music career for a home life filled with “extreme joy,” he responds, “No music? No, not interested. It’s the only thing I’ve got to offer, really.”
Crosby is on tour later this year with his Sky Trails band, and he’s also Rolling Stone’s advice columnist. His column, which we’re calling “Ask Croz,” will make its debut in the June issue of Rolling Stone, and you can now submit questions by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply Tweet it out with the hashtag #AskCroz.