David Crosby is one of Rock music’s icons, a hero to the counter-culture movement of the sixties. As a founding member of the Byrds, Crosby helped popularize folk rock and as a founding member of Crosby, Stills and Nash he became one of the Woodstock generation’s most strident voices. Born in Los Angeles to an Oscar winning cinematographer Floyd Crosby and Aliph Van Cortlandt, Crosby studied drama at Santa Barbara City College but dropped out to pursue a music career in New York. With The Byrds, Crosby enjoyed success when the Dylan cover Mr Tambourine Man made the top of the charts in both the U.S. and the U.K.. Never shy to share his political opinions, Crosby’s outspoken views on Vietnam and chiefly the Warren Report led to his leaving The Byrds and forming another band with Stephen Stills and Graham Nash called simply, Crosby Stills and Nash later renamed to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young after Neil Young joined the band. Crosby’s off stage exploits, a 9 month stint in a Texas jail on drug possession charges back in 1982 almost eclipsed his musical career, but he soon settled down and continued to do what he loved doing, making music and speaking out for justice and equality. He has authored three books, two of which, Long Time Gone and Since Then: How I Survived Everything and Lived to tell About it are autobiographical. Recently Crosby released a new solo effort entitled Croz.
Ken Rockburn spoke to David Crosby while on tour with CSN at the Embassy Theatre in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. www.fwembassythaetre.com
A veteran journalist and broadcaster widely recognized for his irreverent and entertaining interview and presentation style, Ken is an award-winning journalist with almost 40 years of experience on radio and television. He first joined CPAC in 2001 as host of Talk Politics which ran for eight seasons. He returned to CPAC in 2010 to host Rockburn Presents. Prior to joining CPAC, Ken hosted CBC Radio’s All In a Day, CBC TV Ottawa’s Rockburn and Company and was news director at CHEZ-FM in Ottawa.