Brad Blanks With Cameron Crowe and David Crosby at the 'Remember My Name' Premiere

July 19, 2019
David Crosby and Brad Blanks

(Brad Blanks)

By Brad Blanks

The other night in New York City saw the premiere of a new rock documentary, 'David Crosby: Remember My Name'. This film is directed by AJ Eaton and tells the story of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legend, David Crosby. Former Rolling Stones magazine writer and Oscar-winning director Cameron Crowe helped push this movie forward coming on as an executive producer, while also conducting a lot of the interviews with Crosby. The movie is proudly raw in that it goes deep on the emotional pain David Crosby caused love ones and his bandmates from Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. When I spoke with David Crosby, I asked him why he agreed to this. David said, "They didn't want to do a shine job… I think there's value in me and I think there's mistakes in me, and I think our job was to show you that more honestly.”

This movie is a perfect example of the passion of its executive producer, Cameron Crowe. Eight years ago, Crowe rolled out the incredible PEARL JAM TWENTY documentary, where this one is more relaxed, gently highlighting a career that was hard and fast and probably should of ended a lot earlier. 

In the movie, there is a turning point where they flashback to an interview that a young Cameron Crowe did in 1974 with David Crosby. It really highlights his declining relationship with his Crosby Stills and Nash bandmates. I asked Crowe about this moment and he said, "I was 16 and I really wanted to interview him. I was a big fan of Crosby, Stills, and Nash, CSNY. And he really opened up, he told me everything, answered every question.”

Crosby has different memories surround that first interview between a 16-year-old Crowe and him. Crowe went on to tell me, “he says when he remembers that he goes, "Yeah, we stuck a joint in your mouth and introduced you to girls." I'm like, "No, you didn't. You stuck a joint in your mouth and introduced me to your girlfriends.”

That 16-year-old Cameron Crowe would go on to be one of the best rock journalists in America, writing for many years at Rolling Stone magazine, and turning his life story into a movie, Almost Famous. Crowe would interview rock stars everywhere. One of the spots he used to stake out was Hollyway Cleaners in West Hollywood. A place where rock stars would stumble into and get their clothes dry cleaned while they drank at Barney’s Beanery. Crowe said, “ Holloway Cleaners is like the whiskey-a-go-go for cleaning. It's like a citadel in Hollywood to meet and greet and maybe even get your clothes cleaned.”

I couldn’t resist bringing up a meeting he had with WCBS FM’s very own rock legend, Scott Shannon. A young Cameron Crowe had got word that Scott Shannon had just moved to Los Angeles in the 1970s to work at Casablanca Records. The tipoff was that Scott would get his clothes dry cleaned at Hollyway Cleaners in West Hollywood. 

On this meeting, Crowe said, “the epic event of Hollyway Cleaners would be the union with Scott Shannon. Scott was kind of a legend already from elsewhere. And I think he had a move in his career, and was blowing up like crazy.”

What a sight….a baby faced kid with a microphone, interviewing a finely dressed Super Shan in dry cleaners! Maybe the sequel to Almost Famous!

'David Crosby: Remember My Name' is playing at the FILM FORUM in New York City.