Stand and Be Counted: A Revealing History of Our Times by David Crosby

By David Crosby

"NOBODY children THEMSELVES INTO BELIEVING THAT they could remedy THE WORLD'S difficulties. we are simply attempting to MAKE A distinction, to alter issues FOR the higher anyplace we will. AND IF IT TAKES a protracted PUSH, THEN we are IN IT FOR THE lengthy HAUL. loads of instances this is not concerning the GENIUS OF the instant. it is approximately patience. it really is approximately BEING IN THERE AND STAYING IN THERE."

Since the early sixties, musicians have positioned themselves at the line for the factors they believed in, elevating public knowledge approximately very important concerns via songs, rallies, and gain occasions. For greater than thirty years, musician David Crosby has been certainly one of rock 'n' roll's such a lot outspoken voices for social swap. in Stand and Be Counted, he and coauthor David Bender recount the tales of the artists who made a distinction and the passionate convictions that moved them. Crosby's own participation and his friendships with some of the artists concerned supply readers a behind-the-scenes examine occasions from the civil rights marches and antiwar moratoriums of the sixties, to the antinuclear occasions of the seventies, to reside relief and the Amnesty foreign occasions of the eighties--right as much as the Tibetan Freedom concert events of today.

This compelling tale comprises new interviews with such various artists as Harry Belafonte, Whoopi Goldberg, Adam Yauch, Phil Collins, Robin Williams, Eddie Vedder, Joan Baez, and Jimmy Buffett. Poignant and inspirational, Stand and Be Counted is an unforgettable record of the heritage of activism in past due twentieth-century America.

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As I look back at it now, it's something I really regret. If I'd been smart enough to have been studying at Pete Seeger's elbow back then, I would have been a much more effective activist later on when, for a time, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young were the biggest group in America. At that point, in 1965, the Beatles were the biggest group on the planet. They'd been a pop group; that's all they were conceived as. Then they turned out to be far more talented at it than anybody ever expected. They had a raunchy, wonderful, happy, joyous, rockin'-out kind of approach to it that was better than anything we'd ever even imagined possible.

The rally in Golden Gate Park was scheduled for the afternoon of the third night of our four-night stand. Joan Baez and Phil Ochs had already committed to perform. We were asked to play and agreed immediately. What I remember most about that day is the satisfaction of being able to stick up for what we believed in, and in such a spectacular manner. It's nice when two or three of your neighbors are out there in the street with you picketing for a cause. But when you see the Polo Field in Golden Gate Park full all the way up to the rim—I mean people were hanging off the trees, it was that jammed—it's just an unbelievably satisfying feeling.

As we'll see many times in this book, benefit concerts often have unintended and sometimes life-changing consequences for the people who do them. For me, the CAFF concert led directly to an experience that got me kicked out of the Byrds. The man whom Jim Dickson asked to produce the CAFF concert, Alan Pariser, used the success of that show to begin planning an even larger one —not a benefit, but a festival of rock 'n' roll. His plan was to use the CAFF model on a larger scale and bring together some of the biggest new bands around: the Mamas & the Papas, the Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother & the Holding Company (who had this ballsy, bluesy, fucking-incredible singer from Texas, a girl named Janis), and a guy who played the guitar better than anyone I've ever seen before or since—Jimi Hendrix.

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