David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) reviewed by Jonathan Berk

I always find it odd that when I’m unaware of a subject and once it is brought to my attention, it seems to surround me. One week ago, I was asked to make a video for my day job using Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young song called “Teach Your Children Well”, to which I responded that I had no clue what that song was or who this was that performed it. As it turns out, I had heard the song but had never looked into it or the musicians behind it. A few days later, I get the opportunity to see David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019), and I found myself immersed in the interesting life of the famous singer-songwriter I’d chosen to ignore. 

David Crosby: Remember My Name is an intimate look at the iconic musicians life

What immediately stood out about this documentary was how honest and introspective Crosby was going to allow it to be. Director A.J. Eaton follows Crosby in 2017 as he goes on tour, and he weaves in stories of his early career. The structure allows the audience to immediately connect with the aging musician, as his troubled past is alluded to, and due to the fact that he’s still going, which offers a bit of inspiration. In my life, I’ve found myself faced with the reality of the sacrifices one makes when pursuing their passion. Immediately, I was emotionally invested in the film, and I found it a compelling entry into a documentary genre. 

Much like Crosby’s life, it’s not all sad and existential. There is a moment where he visits his longtime photographer, and several of the stories they share are entertaining. However, one of the biggest laughs I got out of the film was Crosby’s dismissal of astrology. It was a very real moment, and its genuine nature was endearing. 

David Crosby appears in David Crosby: Croz Was Here by AJ Eaton, an official selection of the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by AJ Eaton

My love of music has been documented in many of my reviews over the years. Thus, my enjoyment of this film shouldn’t be that surprising. However, it was more the sad reality that Crosby allows the film to showcase that I found the most compelling and oddly charming. His experience with drugs, the loss of love, and the ending of many relationships he held dear are both saddening and interesting. With that being said, the music that is used in the film is great, and it only adds to the legacy being shaped in the film. 

Final thoughts…

David Crosby: Remember My Name will be in select theaters starting August 16, 2019. I believe this movie will work for almost anyone, even if you know very little about its subject. Crosby is a tragic figure who has as many shortcomings as he has successes, and the film doesn’t shy away from exploring that fact. The film earns the Not Quite Golden, Ponyboy rating. 

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