David Crosby on love, music and rancour: ‘Neil Young is probably the most selfish person I know’ https://t.co/9dtrmD1qUj— The Guardian (@guardian) September 2, 2021
Musician David Crosby was interviewed by The Guardian and it very much fits in with the recent trend of elderly celebs letting it all out in interviews. I've included some highlights from the piece below:
On turning 80: “Eighty years old is something you mourn, not celebrate.”
On the son he didn't know he had:
Crosby was in his early 20s when Raymond’s mother became pregnant. “She gave him up for adoption and didn’t tell me he existed,” he says. When Raymond and his partner were about to have their first child, his adoptive parents suggested he might want to track down his biological parents.
So often, Crosby says, such reunions end up in animosity. “But James did a wonderful thing, man. He gave me a chance to earn my way into his life.” How did he do that? “By making music with him. And we write spectacularly well together.”
On rekindling his friendship with Joni Mitchell (after cheating on her when they dated):
“I saw her a while ago and had dinner with her in her house, and I love her. She has taken a really bad hit, man. She’s having trouble walking and talking, and she’s having to relearn how to do those things.”
“I don’t think there’s any question, she was the best singer-songwriter by a long way. I still don’t think anybody comes close. She’s as good a poet as Bob [Dylan] and she’s a much better singer and musician.”
On whether there has been any reconciliation between him and former bandmates, Graham Nash and Neil Young:
"No, and I don’t expect there to be – the petty-assed bullshit that goes on between us as people.”
“Neil has got a genuine beef,” he admits. “I did say something bad about his girlfriend [the actor Daryl Hannah, now Young’s wife]. I said I thought she was a predator. OK, he can be mad at me. That’s all right. Graham just changed from the guy I thought was my best friend to being a guy that is definitely my enemy, so I don’t see any future there at all.”
“I’m a very liberal guy and a modern thinker in terms of politics. Neil doesn’t really do politics. He does Neil.” What does that mean? “Well he’s probably the most self-centred, self-obsessed, selfish person I know. He only thinks about Neil, period. That’s the only person he’ll consider. Ever!” Would Young agree with that? “Probably. He knows himself pretty well.”
The rest of the interview touches on the time he went to jail for cocaine and having a pistol (when asked why he had it, he replied: "John Lennon"), overcoming addiction (and taking in Drew Barrymore to help her kick addiction when she was emancipated from her parents), his plans to become a cannabis company owner, losing the biological son he had (as a sperm donor) with Melissa Etheridge and Julie Cypher, and how the music industry are thieves. It's well worth giving a full read!