American rocker David Crosby dies at 81

Co-founder of the Byrds and member of the group Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, David Crosby is dead, we learned on Thursday. The American rocker was 81 years old.

After the recent disappearance of Jeff Beck, another legendary musician is gone. American rocker David Crosby has died aged 81. The exact causes of his death or the precise date have not yet been revealed.

Variety magazine was the first to report this sad news, citing an exclusive statement from his wife Jan Dance, who spoke of a “long illness”. “Although he is no longer with us, his humanity and good soul will continue to guide and inspire us. His legacy will continue to live on through his legendary music.

“The Bard of Woodstock”

Born in California on August 14, 1941 to parents descended from prominent New York families, David Crosby had founded – before he was 25 – the Byrds, a group mixing rock from England with traditional American folk. Dismissed in 1967 and 1968 for disagreement, the musician had found Stephen Stills, of the Buffalo Spingfields, and Graham Nash, of the Hollies, in the chalet of Joni Mitchell, legend of folk and for a time his girlfriend. The Canadian Neil Young also came to join them from time to time.

At the mythical Woodstock festival, on August 17, 1969, David Crosby already has his mustache and long hair for the second concert of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. He will be nicknamed “the bard of Woodstock”.

In January 2021, in full pandemic, David Crosby had confided his desire to continue to write, sing, go on stage and dialogue with his audience via social networks, in an interview with AFP. In fact, he has produced five albums since 2014, notably collaborating with his son James Raymond. A rebirth hailed by critics thanks to a clear voice preserved from tobacco. But not drugs that cost him very serious health problems.

“A giant of music”, according to Stephen Stills

Graham Nash expressed on Facebook his “deep sadness” for this “huge void”, without hiding the “volatile relationship” between the two men. “But what always meant the most to David and me was the sheer joy of the music we made together, the sound we discovered, and the deep friendship shared over all these years,” he said. for the deceased who “wasn’t afraid of life, nor of music”.

For his part, Stephen Stills declared via his agent: “He was without hesitation a musical giant. (…) His harmonic sensitivity was nothing but genius”.

“I don’t know what else to say: I’m heartbroken,” tweeted another legend, Brian Wilson, co-founder of the Beach Boys.

In January 2021, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, David Crosby confided to AFP his desire to continue to write, sing, go on stage and dialogue with his audience via social networks. In fact, he has produced five albums since 2014, notably collaborating with his son James Raymond. A rebirth hailed by critics thanks to a clear voice preserved from tobacco. But not drugs that cost him very serious health problems.

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