Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 1 Thu, Mar 23 7:30 PM


Rock Legends Live!
(August 14, 1941 – January 18, 2023)
Thursday, March 23rd at 7:30 PM
Members $10 | Public $15

Join us for a one-night-only celebration of the legendary singer-songwriter David Crosby, featuring numerous rare performance clips.

David Crosby was a crucial part of two iconic 1960s bands, The Byrds (1964-1967), and Crosby Stills Nash & Young (1969 onward). His open tuning guitar style and love of vocal harmonies were essential to the legendary sounds of both groups. With The Byrds, his unique guitar work blended perfectly with Roger McGuinn’s 12 string jangly electric folk guitar sound. Their recording of Pete Seeger’s “Turn Turn Turn” and Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” established The Byrds as America’s answer to The Beatles. Among Crosby’s hits with them were “Eight Miles High” (which is considered the first psychedelic song and incorporated an Indian drone sound, thanks to Crosby), “Bells Of Rhymney,” “Mr. Spaceman,” “So You Want To Be A Rock And Roll Star?,” “Chimes Of Freedom,” “My Back Pages,” and more. Ultimately, Crosby’s creative need for artistic control, along with having written great songs and having them relinquished to b-sides of 45rpm records, led to his parting with the group.

While spending some time with members of Jefferson Airplane, he discovered a kinship with the group. They recorded an early version of “Wooden Ships,” bringing Crosby’s musical songwriting skills further success.

However, it was at a dinner party in 1968 at Cass Eliot’s home, that David met Graham Nash, Steven Stills and Neil Young as well as Joni Mitchell. The musicians listened to Stills play his new composition, “You Don’t Have To Cry,” and the others joined in with guitars and harmonies and the results were pure magic. They formed the group Crosby Stills Nash and Young, or more commonly known as CSN&Y. The groups first album, minus Young, was a tremendous success, and got them invited on numerous television shows as well as the original 1969 Woodstock concert. More albums and hit songs, many written by David Crosby continued, such as the anti-establishment anthem “Almost Cut My Hair,” “Long Time Gone,” “Déjà vu,” “Guinneverre,” among others.

CSN&Y’s constant on again, off again relationship led to Crosby’s solo career, as well as a musical partnership with his close friend Graham Nash. He continued writing and recording albums, as well as giving live performances, right up to his last days as a creative genius. David Crosby is a two-time member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Graham Nash, wrote of his longtime friend, “David was fearless, he spoke his mind, his heart, and his passion through his beautiful music.”

Presented by Shelley Archives Inc.

Guest lecturer: Bill Shelley

Approx: 100 min.