DAVID CROSBY: REMEMBER MY NAME – A Review by Cynthia Flores
This collaboration between director A.J. Eaton and producer Cameron Crowe coaxes David Crosby, member of three major groups in music history (The Byrds; Crosby, Stills & Nash; and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), into an unflinching look at the singer-songwriters life. He is 77 years old and in bad health. He and his wife Jan fear the next heart attack will be the last one. So he confronts his mortality and assesses the damage of earlier days. When asked why he’s still alive after all the drug abuse in his younger life, he has no idea. David Crosby: Remember My Name explodes myths and sheds profound new light on all the music, politics, and personalities that crossed his incredible path. This film shares all the regrets that David has about the friendships he’s destroyed. The people he thought of as brothers like Stephen Stills and Graham Nash from the supergroup CSN he’d worked with to create iconic music for a generation. They can’t seem to reconnect due to all the bad blood between them. At the same time, his redemptive journey back to music and performing at his age is inspiring and uplifting, bearing an emotional impact that goes beyond the rock documentary genre.
David Crosby: Remember My Name is really like a giant billboard sign from this reformed old man to the people he loves. It sits on the spot where he burned all his bridges to the ground. On it, he asks for forgiveness and a chance to reconnect before he dies. I hope they see his message and respond with kindness. I give this documentary an A- and know his fans will enjoy it.
Directed by A.J. Eaton
Selig Rating A-
Running Time 93min
Limited Release August 9th at The Landmark Magnolia and Angelika Film Center Plano
Starring: David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Jan Crosby
The Selig Rating Scale:
A – Excellent movie, well worth the price.
B – Good movie
C – OK movie
D – No need to rush. Save it for a rainy day.
F – Good that I saw it on the big screen but wish I hadn’t paid for it.