The Time David Crosby Judged my Joint Rolling Skills To Be Adequate/ David Crosby 1941-2023

(Originally published Sept 8th 2021 on The Paltry Sum)

Anyone who knows me in real life knows that if you want to hang with me, then you hang with CSNY and sometime Young. Deja Vu is on heavy rotation and has been for years. I consider that album to be in the top ten albums of all time, and Crosby has one of the greatest voices in rock and roll history. So for the great Cros, the catalyst for the magic that got me down many a highway, to judge my joint as acceptable just about made my day.

“Unquestionably, this drug is is very useful to the artist, activating trains of association that would otherwise be inaccessible, and I owe many of the scenes in Naked Lunch directly to the use of cannabis” (William Burroughs)

David Crosby was incredibly open and talkative with his fans on twitter, and his joint-judging tweets were things of beauty. He was not always so complimentary – for Cros to judge a joint acceptable it could not be baggy – no rips were to be able to form from a loosely rolled bone, it could not be wonky or squashed. Weed is a thing of beauty and deserves to be rolled with care. I might not be able to do much, but I can roll a good joint. It still makes me smile to this day to remember this tiny interaction which meant so much to me.

(Updated January 18th 2023)

I just read the wonderful David Crosby just passed away today. I am heartbroken. He was an icon, a legend and a thoroughly nice man. Peace, love and kindness to all who loved David: his spirit was part of what made the 60s great. Hippy hero with a fabulous voice and an superlative ear for harmonies. RIP David.

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