David Crosby (b. August 14, 1941)
Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter extraordinaire David Crosby was present at and participant in many of the landmark events of the 1960s and beyond, as documented in his terrific book Stand and Be Counted (Harper San Francisco, 2000). The title is from the Crosby song and Crosby Stills Nash and Young CD of the same name, both of which prove the excellence, depth and virtuosity of CSN&Y.
Crosby writes, "At the risk of calling into question my own current choice of staying straight, I still believe we were right about acid and we were right about pot. They did blow us loose from the past and they did give us a new perspective, a way of setting ourselves apart from the rest of straight society. There is a kind of knowledge that acid gives you on a cellular level, about what's really going on with birth and growth and death and everything else. Like it or not, it's true that psychedelics are a way--not the only way but clearly an effective way--of gaining tremendous insight into life.
"The government lied to us about so many things that we just assumed that everything it said was a lie. 'If you take that acid you'll stare at the sun and burn out your eyes.' Wrong. 'If you take that acid, you'll have bad babies.' Wrong. 'If you take that acid, you'll immediately think you can fly and jump off a building.' Wrong. So when they said marijuana was a gateway drug and would lead to harder drugs, we just went, Right, just like all the other stuff you told us that wasn't true.
"That's where we were wrong. Unfortunately, marijuana was illegal and you had to go to illegal people to get it. Those people would then hand you a gram of cocaine and say, If you think that's fun, try this. And you'd take some and you'd say, Holy shit, energy for free! I feel like I’m ten feet tall, covered with chrome, and I've got wings. This is fantastic! Give me more! Not figuring out that you've just made one of the worst mistakes of your life. But we didn't know any of that then."