Long Time Gone: The Autobiography of David Crosby

October 1998

by David Crosby (with Carl Gottlieb) - Doubleday - 1st edition (October 15, 1988)

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A thorough and candid autobiography that is both a personal journey and a cultural history of American pop music. From the early folk era to the Golden Age of rock & roll, Crosby's story is both a cautionary tale and an insight into one of pop music's enduring legends.

From Publishers Weekly
Crosby, founder of the 1960s rock group the Byrds and, later, leader of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, tells in excruciating detail the story of his rise to fame and subsequent depraved life as a slave to drugs. His fast-paced narrative is punctuated by the explanatory text of his long-time friend, screen writer, director and actor, Carl Gottlieb, as well as by the recollections of other friends, lovers and associates. In a milieu dominated by rock'n'roll, sex and drugs, Crosby descended to a hell of addiction that ended only after his arrest on gun and narcotics charges and forced detoxification in a Texas jail. Now drug-free for over two years, Crosby is able to write candidly about his 14 years of addiction, seemingly sparing us none of the horrors. It is a harrowing tale. Photos not seen by PW.
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From Library Journal
Crosby is a founding member of two seminal folk-rock groups, the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, and his tale is the archetypal chronicle of drugs, sex, and rock with a twistrecovery from substance abuse. Crosby's 20-year involvement with drugsbeginning with marijuana and escalating to heroin and cocaine freebasing, which ultimately led to his Texas incarceration is candidly revealed. The narrative, like CSN&Y's best music, is a harmonic weaving of the shifting viewpoints offered by Crosby, co-author Gottlieb, and a seemingly endless parade of friends, lovers, musicians, and business associates. Conspicuously absent, however, is Stephen Stills's voice. Essential for all popular music and culture collections. Barry Miller, Austin P.L., Tex.
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