By Jim Johnson

David Crosby has always put his money where his mouth is and yesterday (March 5th) he answered hundreds of fans questions on Twitter. One has to commend “Croz” for being as honest as he was — at one point he slammed Phish, only to come back and admit he’d never heard them, then listened to them and admitted that they really could play. He spoke candidly — albeit briefly — about his relationships with longtime friends Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and Jerry Garcia — along with his thoughts on David Gilmour, Bob Dylan, Kanye West, the Doors, punk rock — and so much more.

David Crosby said that these days he doesn’t enter into any aspect of his life — personally or professionally — without a great deal of soul searching: “I look at myself a lot, I made an awful amount of mistakes in my life, and I’ve done harm. And I’ve had to look at myself. I had a year in a prison cell to look at myself. A lot of time to think. So, I do think about what I do and why and what it means and if it’s significant, or not.”

  • Crosby, Stills, & Nash performs tonight (March 6th) in Tokyo, Japan.
  • The group kicks off their next North American shows on April 11th at San Francisco’s Nourse Theatre.

Vintage Vinyl News weeded through the questions and posted some highlights:

Hi David. How are you and Neil?”
He’s pretty mad at me I apologized We’ll see

What’s your opinion of punk rock?”
Doesn’t do it for me generally Just trying to hard Not good enough music

what do you think about the Velvet Underground? Did you meet Lou Reed?”
Too dramatic for me

Why is Joni (Mitchell) so crabby?”
She’s nuts

Do you still talk to Joni, Croz?”
Hung up on her last two times

opinion on kanye’s music, impact as an artist?
Music ?.. He’s an idiot and a poser….has no Talent at all

Why do you think Paul McCartney would waste his time recording with Kanye West?
To widen his audience

thoughts when Bob Dylan went electric in ’65?
I think he heard the Byrds rehearsing and knew what to do

who’s the nicest person in rock’n’roll?
Maybe James Taylor

Three words to describe the genius of Brian Wilson, please.
Innocent, brilliant,inspiring

Did you ever work with Mike Love?
Have not Would not Not a good person

Is Mike Love the biggest jerk in rock?
Quite possibly

In your opinion, were the Doors better with or without Morrison?
they NEVER swung at all

When you say The Doors never “swung,” what do you mean exactly?!?
No groove …listen to Bonnie (Raitt) or Stevie (Wonder)

Hi, David! Had Morrison lived, think you would’ve worked with him?
Not ever

John Phillips, was that guy a creep or what?
Got to be as he went along

In one word, describe how you felt before CSNY played their set at Woodstock

how do you feel about Billy Joel? (Lol)
Very talented cat, writing, singing playing

what do you think about David Geffen?”
Complex, a shark , but I like him

thoughts on David Gilmour as Guitar player and person. Thanks.
intelligent Gentleman,brilliant player/ singer

What’s your biggest musical regret or missed opportunity?
Would have made a lot more music Wasted time Drugs

Desert Island scenario: what 5 albums do you bring with you?”
(Steely Dan’s) Aja, (The Beatles’) Revolver, (Joni Mitchell’s) Blue, (Michael Hedges) Aerial Boundaries, many more

tell us something about Jerry (Garcia) we don’t know”
He was a funny mother f***ker and kind

what is your favorite venue to play in the world?”
Red Rocks, Santa Barbara Bowl, Saratoga PAC


CHECK IT OUT: David Crosby’s Twitter feed:


CHECK IT OUT: David Crosby and The Byrds’ 1966 track “What’s Happening?!?!”:



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