David Crosby, American folk-rock legend, dies at 81

American rocker David Crosby, co-founder of the Byrds before joining supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, has died aged 81.

David Crosby performs at The Parker Playhouse on May 21, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale Florida. Credit Larry Marano © 2019 PUBLICATIONxINxGERxSUIxAUTxONLY Copyright: xLarryxMaranox©x2019x

The newspaper Variety was the first to give the death of the musician so influential for the rock and the folk of the years 1960-70, quoting a press release from his wife Jan Dance, who evoked a ” long illness “. Rolling Stone magazine confirmed the news on the strength of a source close to the artist.

According to his wife’s statement cited by Variety, Crosby died surrounded by his wife and son Django, but it is not known exactly on what date. “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”is it written.

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As noted by Variety, the announcement of the death of David Crosby is rather a surprise because his Twitter account was still active on Wednesday. Crosby was born in California on August 14, 1941, to parents descended from prominent New York families, with a stay-at-home mother and a father in the cinema, crowned with an Oscar for best cinematography.

From the Byrds to Neil Young

Before his 25th birthday, he was one of the founders of The Byrds, a group mixing rock from England with traditional American folk. In 1968, he joined the folk guitar supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash. Joined by Neil Young a year later, the group performed in Woodstock and released the album “Déjà Vu”, a cornerstone of American folk-rock. He will then pursue a solo career by regularly returning to his old companions.

A political activist, David Crosby was an important figure in the counterculture. He was at the forefront of protests against the Vietnam War and wrote numerous protest songs. Probably the best known remains “Ohio”, written with Stills, Nash & Young in reaction to the killing of four students protesting the Vietnam War by police on the campus of Kent State University.

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