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Unbelievable Stories From David Crosby's Drug-Fueled Decades Of Living Dangerously

Updated September 15, 2020 258.9k views11 items

David Crosby, music legend, sits in the same vaunted halls as troubadours like Neil Young and Graham Parsons. He started The Byrds, a band that defined two different sounds and periods in California music, and belonged to Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, a supergroup of folk songwriters whose popularity in their prime rivaled that of The Beatles. But David Crosby's substance use was out of control during his creative peak, derailing his career for at least a decade. Given the volume of substances and alcohol Crosby put into his system, it's difficult to understand how he survived two and a half decades of heavy using when the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin burned out so quickly. If these wild David Crosby stories tell you anything, it’s that he knows how to survive.

If you keep up with the comings and goings of Crosby, you know he's ornery, so try to imagine the gruff attitude of David Crosby on crack. The fluffy-haired bard rubbed a lot of people the wrong way, and while drugs tend to chill people out, they turned Davey into a man hellbent on his next score. After decades of illicit substance consumption, Crosby seems to have found peace through music; hopefully, these stories remain buried in the past.

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  • He Pulled A Gun On A Parking Attendant

    After parking his car illegally, David Crosby was approached by a parking attendant. When asked to move his car, Crosby pulled out a gun and shoved it into the attendant's stomach, insisting he would park wherever he pleased.

    By the time a security guard arrived, Crosby had stashed the gun.

  • He And His Wife Enabled Each Other's Addictions

    David Crosby and his now-wife, Jan Dance, enabled one another to troubling degrees in the early stages of their relationship. One day after Crosby experienced his first drug-induced seizure, Dance, then Crosby's girlfriend, had her first as well.

    As a result of their toxic relationship, Dance was legally ordered to spend five years away from Crosby in an effort to repair their dynamic. 

  • Pete Townshend Advised Him To Sort His Life Out

    Pete Townshend Advised Him To  is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Unbelievable Stories From David Crosby's Drug-Fueled Decades Of Living Dangerously
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    Pete Townshend, lead guitarist for The Who, grew concerned for David Crosby due to his drug habits and reckless lifestyle. This concern led to a phone lecture from Townshend to Crosby, leaving the latter somewhat confused.

    Crosby relayed the discussion to Rolling Stone in 2014: "I said, 'Who is this?' He says, 'Pete Townshend! Listen! Get the f*ck off that sh*t. Stop f*ckin' up. Get your f*ckin' act together, you hear me?'"

  • He Started A Twitter Feud With Ted Nugent

    In 2017, David Crosby and singer-songwriter Ted Nugent began a feud on social media after Nugent complained the only reason he wasn't in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was his pro-gun stance. Crosby responded by stating Nugent “isn’t good enough” for the recognition, which prompted Nugent to refer to Crosby as “an evil rotten soulless punk that has criminally poisoned his bloated carcass his entire vapid life.” 

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