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David Crosby of the folk rock Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young group dies – The Zimbabwe Mail

Stephens Stills, Graham Nash, David Crosby and Neil Young, from left, harmonize on a version of Young’s “Southern Man” during a concert in Los Angeles, on Feb 12, 2000. Crosby, the brash rock musician who evolved from a baby-faced harmony singer with the Byrds to a mustachioed hippie superstar and an ongoing troubadour in Crosby, Stills, Nash & (sometimes) Young, has died at age 81. His death was reported Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, by multiple outlets. (AP Photo/E.J. Flynn, File)


David Crosby, the brash rock musician who evolved from a baby-faced harmony singer with the Byrds to a mustachioed hippie superstar and an ongoing troubadour in Crosby, Stills, Nash & (sometimes) Young, has died at 81, several media outlets reported Thursday.

The New York Times reported, based on a text message from Crosby’s sister in law, that the musician died Wednesday night. Several media outlets reported Crosby’s death citing anonymous sources; The Associated Press was unable to reach Crosby’s representatives and his widow.

Crosby underwent a liver transplant in 1994 after decades of drug use and survived diabetes, hepatitis C and heart surgery in his 70s.

While he only wrote a handful of widely known songs, the witty and ever opinionated Crosby was on the front lines of the cultural revolution of the ’60s and ’70s — whether triumphing with Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young on stage at Woodstock, testifying on behalf of a hirsute generation in his anthem “Almost Cut My Hair” or mourning the assassination of Robert Kennedy in “Long Time Gone.”

He was a founder and focus of the Los Angeles rock music community from which such performers as the Eagles and Jackson Browne later emerged. He was a twinkly-eyed hippie patriarch, the inspiration for Dennis Hopper’s long-haired stoner in “Easy Rider.” He advocated for peace, but was an unrepentant loudmouth who practiced personal warfare and acknowledged that many of the musicians he worked with no longer spoke to him.

“Crosby was a colorful and unpredictable character, wore a Mandrake the Magician cape, didn’t get along with too many people and had a beautiful voice — an architect of harmony,” Bob Dylan wrote in his 2004 memoir, “Chronicles: Volume One.”

Crosby’s drug use left him bloated, broke and alienated. He kicked the addiction in 1985 and 1986 during a year’s prison stretch in Texas on drug and weapons charges. The conviction eventually was overturned.

“I’ve always said that I picked up the guitar as a shortcut to sex and after my first joint I was sure that if everyone smoked dope there’d be an end to war,” Crosby said in his 1988 autobiography, “Long Time Gone,” co-written with Carl Gottlieb. “I was right about the sex. I was wrong when it came to drugs.”

He lived years longer than even he expected and in his 70s enjoyed a creative renaissance, issuing several solo albums while collaborating with others including his son James Raymond, who became a favorite songwriting partner.

“Most guys my age would have done a covers record or duets on old material,” he told Rolling Stone in 2013, shortly before “Croz” was released. “This won’t be a huge hit. It’ll probably sell nineteen copies. I don’t think kids are gonna dig it, but I’m not making it for them. I’m making it for me. I have this stuff that I need to get off my chest.”

In 2019, Crosby was featured in the documentary “David Crosby: Remember My Name,” produced by Cameron Crowe.

While his solo career thrived, his seemingly lifetime bond with Nash dissolved. Crosby was angered by Nash’s 2013 memoir “Wild Tales” (whiny and dishonest, he called it) and relations between the two spilled into an ugly public feud, with Nash and Crosby agreeing on one thing: Crosby, Stills and Nash was finished. Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president did lead Crosby to suggest that he was open to a Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young protest tour, but his old bandmates declined to respond.

Crosby became a star in the mid-1960s with the seminal folk-rock group The Byrds, known for such hits as “Turn! Turn! Turn!” and “Mr. Tambourine Man.” Clean-cut and baby-faced at the time, he contributed harmonies that were a key part of the band’s innovative blend of The Beatles and Dylan. Crosby was among the first American stars to become close to The Beatles, and helped introduce George Harrison to Eastern music.

Troubled relations with bandmates pushed Crosby out of The Byrds and into a new group. Crosby, Stills and Nash’s first meeting is part of rock folklore: Stills and Crosby were at Joni Mitchell’s house in 1968 (Stills would contend they were at Mama Cass’), working on the ballad “You Don’t Have to Cry,” when Nash suggested they start over again. Nash’s high harmony added a magical layer to Stills’ rough bottom and Crosby’s mellow middle and a supergroup was born.

Their eponymous debut album was an instant success that helped redefine commercial music. The songs were longer and more personal than their individual prior outputs, yet easily relatable for an audience also embracing a more open lifestyle.


Their spirited harmonies and themes of peace and love became emblematic of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Their version of the Mitchell song “Woodstock” was the theme for the documentary about the 1969 rock concert during which the group made only its second live appearance together. Crosby had produced Mitchell’s first album, “Song to a Seagull,” in 1968, and for a time was her boyfriend (as was Nash).

Now wearing the drooping, bushy mustache that would define him ever after, Crosby provided harmony and rhythm guitar, and his songs reflected his own volatile personality. They ranged from the misty-eyed romanticism of “Guinevere,” to the spirituality of “Deja Vu,” to the operatic paranoia of “Almost Cut My Hair.”

Some critics panned the group as soft-headed and self-indulgent.

“If you’re into living-room rock, fireplace harmonies and just a taste of good old social consciousness, this is your group,” reported Rolling Stone, which nonetheless rarely missed a chance to write about the band.

But CSN, as they would soon be called, won a best new artist Grammy and remained a worldwide touring act and brand name decades later.

The first album was an easy, happy recording, but the mood darkened during the second album, “Deja Vu.” The band was joined by Neil Young, who had feuded with Stills while both were in Buffalo Springfield and continued to do so.

Everyone in the band was troubled: Nash and Mitchell were splitting up, and so were Stills and singer Judy Collins. Crosby, meanwhile, was so devastated by the death of girlfriend Christine Hinton in a car accident, that he would lay on the studio floor and sob.

Featuring a rougher, less unified sound, the album released in 1970 and was another commercial smash. Yet within two years, the quartet had broken up, destined to continuously reunite and splinter for the rest of their lives.

They worked in every combination possible — as solo artists, as duos, trios and, occasionally, all four together. They played stadiums and clubs. They showed up at the Berlin Wall in 1989 as the Cold War was ending and turned up in 2011 for the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York.

In recent years, Crosby toured often, and candidly answered questions on Twitter with a blend of affection and exasperation, whether commenting on rock star peers or assessing the quality of a fan’s marijuana joint. He loved sailing and his greatest regret, besides hard drugs, was selling his 74-foot boat because of money problems. Among the songs completed on the boat was the classic “Wooden Ships,” co-written with Stills and Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner.

Crosby was born David Van Cortlandt Crosby on Aug. 14, 1941, in Los Angeles. His father was Oscar-winning cinematographer Floyd Crosby of “High Noon” fame. The family, including his mother, Aliph, and brother, Floyd Jr., later moved to Santa Barbara.

Crosby was exposed early to classical, folk and jazz music. In his autobiography, Crosby said that as a child he used to harmonize as his mother sang, his father played mandolin and his brother played guitar.

“When rock ‘n’ roll came in during that era and the Age of Elvis possessed America, I wasn’t into it,” he recalled.

His brother taught him to play guitar and, still in his teens, he began performing in Santa Barbara clubs. He moved to Los Angeles to study acting in 1960 but abandoned the idea and became a folk singer, working around the country before joining The Byrds. Like so many folk performers, Crosby was dazzled by the Beatles’ 1964 movie “A Hard Day’s Night” and decided to become a rock star.

Crosby married longtime girlfriend Jan Dance in 1987. The couple had a son, Django, in 1995. Crosby also had a daughter, Donovan, with Debbie Donovan. Shortly after he underwent the liver transplant, Crosby was reunited with Raymond, who had been placed for adoption in 1961. Raymond, Crosby and Jeff Pevar later performed together in a group called CPR.

“I regretted losing him many times,” Crosby told the AP of Raymond in 1998. “I was too immature to parent anybody, and too irresponsible.”

In 2000, Melissa Etheridge revealed that Crosby was the father of the two children she shared with then-partner Julie Cypher. Cypher carried the children Crosby fathered by artificial insemination, Etheridge told Rolling Stone. One son, Beckett, died in 2020.

Crosby didn’t help raise the children but said, “If, you know, in due time, at a distance, they’re proud of who their genetic dad is, that’s great.”

Source: AP


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Find Fun for All the Family in Zimbabwe – Drift Travel Magazine

Great Plains, the tourism conservation organisation founded by National Geographic filmmakers and explorers-in-residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert, is delighted to present its most fabulous family safari offering, the Young Explorers Programme at Tembo Plains Camp, Zimbabwe. From child-friendly treatments at the Bush Spa to guided expeditions in search of wildlife big and small, the explorers of tomorrow will be treated to a family holiday of a lifetime with Great Plains. 
 
“The Young Explorers Programme at Great Plains is very dear to my heart”, said Great Plains CEO and co-founder Dereck Joubert. “We can all remember the liberating freedom, as kids, when we could run about outside all day long, making stuff from sticks, catching tadpoles, and climbing trees. And where better to recreate (and elevate!) that magic than at our majestic Tembo Plains Camp, against a backdrop of the Zambezi, joined by elephants, hippos, giraffes and more? As children, we explore, we discover, we get lost in our adventures, but we always return wiser and more enlightened. Safaris with kids are much the same, and we hope to ignite what will become a lifelong passion for wildlife, conservation and – above all – adventure!”

Family Fun at Tembo Plains

Suitable for families with children aged six and up, Tembo Plains Camp is tucked away into a thick riverine forest on the edge of the Zambezi River, in the private 128,000-hectare Sapi Private Reserve, east of Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park.
 
An exquisite two-bedroom family unit has been designed and decorated by Dereck Joubert and Beverly Joubert. “I really wanted to build something that was partly tented but paid architectural reference to the Zimbabwean ruins in stone. It is a playful design which is ideal for families,” commented Joubert. Sleeping two adults and two children in two tented bedrooms with a shared lounge, dining area and pool, provides luxurious accommodation for little adventurers to recharge their batteries after a day spent exploring the bush.
 
Activities on offer as part of Great Plains’ Young Explorer Programme include guided bush walks to find the smaller local creatures and learn all about plants, bugs and more while seeking out tracks and decoding the daily behaviour and routines of wild animals. Active adventurers will adore the opportunity to canoe down the Zambezi – spotting wildlife as they go – or indulge in a spot of bush cricket on the sandbanks of the river.
 
Back at camp, a world of entertainment awaits, from Young Explorers massages, manis and pedis at the Bush Spa, and traditional bracelet making to movie nights and cooking-in-the-bush lessons. When it comes to dining, even the tiniest of palates will be tantalised with an array of specially tailored menus featuring little ones’ favourites, and of course plenty of snacks, mocktails and other refreshments throughout the day!

The Great Plains Young Explorers Programme

The Great Plains Young Explorers Programme aims to educate and inspire the next generation of Conservation Ambassadors. The programme encourages children to become their most adventurous selves by stepping away from traditional everyday life, so they return home with an entirely new perspective as Great Plains Conservation Ambassador graduates. Upon arrival at camp, children will receive a Great Plains Young Explorers pack, including a safari cap, a neck buff, wild stickers, an activity book bursting with games, diary entries and more. The specially created activity book is filled with exciting information and games, animal tracks, a safari journal, and facts on flora, fauna and the night sky constellations of the southern hemisphere. Young guests are paired with an exceptionally trained guide who will host, teach and care for them with their families throughout their stay.
 
“We aim to develop new naturalists, to encourage those that have already started on this journey and to provide a safe place for that outdoor experience that is unavailable to so many today. At the same time, for every family we host, we set aside some money to host local children in our Conservation Camps, so this naturalist journey is shared locally. The bonds that are re-established on safari, in nature, go far beyond those we have at home. These regenerative moments make a lifetime of new family memories together, and Great Plains would like to facilitate these memories for you,” said Dereck Joubert.

Mpala Jena Camp

For wildlife-loving families wishing to extend their Zimbabwe adventure, Great Plains’ Mpala Jena Camp offers the perfect pitstop for soaking up the iconic Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. An intimate safari camp positioned along the beautiful tree-lined banks of the mighty Zambezi River, Mpala Jena is set within the 138,000-acre Zambezi National Park, which has a healthy and ever-increasing number of wildlife species, with higher concentrations of buffalo and elephants from June through to October. The Zambezi National Park, within easy driving access from Victoria Falls, has become an absolute gem of a reserve with some of the highest lions per density of any other Zimbabwean park. A magnet for wildlife, there are guaranteed sightings of massive crocodiles and hippos which make their presence seen and heard throughout the day and night.

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KeYona TV starts fully fledged programming – Bulawayo24 News

KeYona TV yesterday started broadcasting live fully fledged programming with soapies such as Umntakabhudi and a morning show called New Dawn.

KeYona TV which was officially launched in December has been working around the clock perfecting its studios, high end technology and signal strength.

Out of the 6 TV stations licensed by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe, KeYona TV is the only station, which is solely based in Bulawayo.

Zimbabweans and Africans across the continent will enjoy KeYona TV using Azam TV platform (channel 398) and the Zimbabwe Digital Terrestrial Transmission (DDT) platform.

KeYona TV Head of TV productions Leslie Phiri said there are plans of opening a bureau in Harare and a regional Studio in Johannesburg, South Africa.

“This is a historic moment for all Zimbabweans, particularly in Bulawayo where the TV station was conceived and birthed. This significant occasion is a game changer in the film and TV industry as the TV is giving a platform for local productions to air,” said Phiri.



He listed some of the television programmes that viewers can look forward to.

“The TV station came with a banger as it aired out one of the flagship soapies, Umntakabhudi which premiered last night, produced and directed by Bulawayo creative. Umenziwa, Harmony Valley and Tragedy are other stellar productions that await to be broadcast by KeYona tv which the viewers are bound to enjoy,” said Phiri.

“They will also dash entertaining shows from renowned personalities like Donna N and Gabbz Fire. Furthermore, KeYona TV as a news and entertainment channel will provide a platform for cutting edge discussions with thought leaders in Zimbabwe and beyond on the New Dawn, a show anchored by Leslie Phiri and Duduzile Mathema.”

He said there shall be a news bulletin every day at 1PM and 8PM. On weekends a magazine programme called Vista Live Fridays and Emncimbini on Friday and Saturday at 8.30PM. For sports lovers, from Monday to Friday there will be a sports show from 6PM to 7PM and Weekend Sports on Saturday and Sunday from 2PM to 6PM.

Phiri said KeYona TV will cater for all people as it is for the people.

“The young, old, teens, kids will get their fair share of services in line with what interests them. National news will be delivered up to date. Broadcasting on a global scale, KeYona TV is further excited to announce that it is broadcasting LIVE on one of Africa’s fastest growing satellite carriers Azam TV with a very strong presence in the Common Market for East and Southern African countries (COMESA),” said Phiri.

He said as the arts and cultural capital of Zimbabwe, KeYona TV is working extensively with creatives in Bulawayo and all parts of the country to deliver cutting edge broadcasting.

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Atlanta’s arts scene is unparalleled—and it’s time you started … – Atlanta Magazine

Atlanta arts February 2023
Kim’s Convenience, a hilarious and heart-warming play about a Korean immigrant family that runs a convenience store in Toronto, runs at the Aurora Theatre through February 19.

Photograph courtesy of Aurora Theatre

ARTlanta is a new column dedicated to celebrating the artists, creatives, and designers who give Atlanta its flavor. Our city has long had a reputation for nurturing the courageous and the bold. From performers to musicians, painters to animators, Atlanta is enriched and enlivened by their presence. In this space, I’ll highlight artists, discuss trends, and list can’t-miss events. Let’s paint the town peach.

Atlanta is in the midst of a cultural renaissance. The city’s scene has long commanded respect, but within the last few years, Atlanta has arrived. Our hip-hop scene sets the standard for the industry. Our theaters are premiering some of the most-produced plays across the nation. Our dancers can be seen from Broadway to the Kennedy Center—and that’s before we even get into our film and television industry. The Covid-19 pandemic presented innumerable challenges for working artists, but they still gave us their all and solidified Atlanta’s position as a cultural destination.

From immersive, virtual reality experiences to Zoom poetry slams, artists entertained us and articulated our experiences during a harrowing global pandemic and heart-wrenching racial reckoning. Some artists found it impossible to create in the midst of unrest, but others experienced a fury of inspiration. Either way, everything that bubbled up in them—and in us—is coming forth now. Our city will benefit from the art emerging from this moment in time for decades to come, yet many of our city’s artists and artistic institutions have struggled to re-engage longtime patrons, much less cultivate new ones. Organizations such as SMU DataArts and the DeVos Institute for Arts Management estimate that in Atlanta—and across the country—arts nonprofits will permanently lose 25 to 50 percent of their pre-pandemic audiences.

Why is it that people are more comfortable sitting in a stadium with more than 50,000 people for a football game than they are in a small theater to see a play, indie film, or concert? I have asked a wide variety of Atlantans this question for years, and the most common answer has nothing to do with money or time.

The number one reason people tell me they don’t engage with the arts is that they don’t know how to gauge whether something will be exceptional—and they want a guaranteed good time. They’re overwhelmed by the options and don’t trust their artistic instincts, so they abstain.

Here’s what I say: Trust your gut. Move toward what resonates with you, what interests you, and anything weird. Try going to different places and see whether you like them. All art, no matter the medium, is an experiment, and so is developing your artistic taste. Over the last decade, I have interviewed hundreds of Southern artists, some of whom are now selling paintings for tens of thousands of dollars or have been nominated for major acting awards. Even with commercial success, they’re still experimenting.

So, let’s experiment together. The arts aren’t back—in fact, they never left us, and so we must stand by them. It’s Black History Month, so the city is teeming with cultural events that range from historical to liturgical. Below are a few arts events across the metro that I’m looking forward to over the next month.

Atlanta arts February 2023
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, a Cinderella story set in Zimbabwe, runs at Synchronicity Theatre through February 19.

Photograph courtesy of Synchronicity Theatre

  • Millennials may be transported back in time when they hear the title Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters. The beloved children’s book, written by John Steptoe, has been adapted into a musical at Synchronicity Theatre. In this Cinderella story set in Zimbabwe, sisters vie for the affection of the king, but must realize that their love for each other is their strongest asset. This is a great show for the whole family and runs through February 19.
  • Kim’s Convenience is the hilarious and heart-warming story of a Korean immigrant family that runs a convenience store in Toronto. Generational differences, cultural misunderstandings, and lots of laughs play out in this family comedy. See the play that inspired the hit Canadian television series, presented by Aurora Theatre, at the Lawrenceville Arts Center through February 19.
  • Hip-hop is Atlanta’s calling card. This month, there’s a unique chance to see some of the city’s pioneers and up-and-comers. Arrested Development will be at the Buckhead Theatre on February At the Coca-Cola Roxy, see J.I.D. and Smino on February 18 and 19.
  • Anyone who’s driven through Cabbagetown or seen the first Black Panther movie has seen Brandon Sadler’s work. Sadler grew up in Clarkston and became obsessed with anime at an early age. In his solo exhibit at Free Market Gallery, on view until February 28, he’s combining traditional Chinese calligraphy with the language of the South to see how the two mix.
  • True Colors Theatre is opening its 20th anniversary season with the world premiere of Good Bad People by Rachel Lynett from February 14 through March 12 at Southwest Arts Center. The play looks inside the lives of a well-to-do Black family dealing with the aftermath of their son’s death at the hands of police.
  • New Worlds: Georgia Women to Watch may be one of the most exciting mixed media exhibitions of the year. Local artists—Anila Quayyum Agha, Namwon Choi, Victoria Dugger, Shanequa Gay, and Marianna Dixon Williams—all work in different media and tell uniquely southern stories in their work. It runs at Atlanta Contemporary through June 4.

What’s on your list? Tell us what you’re creating or seeing using #ARTlanta on Twitter and Instagram.

About Kelundra Smith
I grew up in Stone Mountain and Loganville, where my parents and teachers got me into the arts early because that’s where energetic girls who talk a lot go. I am a theater critic, journalist, playwright, and lifelong arts lover. My articles about Southern art and artists have been published in the New York Times, ESPN, American Theatre, Garden & Gun, Oxford American, Bitter Southerner, ArtsATL, and elsewhere. As a playwright, my scripts focus on lesser-known historical events in Georgia’s history.

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