David Crosby Once Slammed Punk Rock Music As “All Dumb Stuff”

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As a member of both the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby was a formative part of music history. Multiple genres – even the seemingly unrelated – have built on one another, like many musical styling tracing their roots back to blues. But Crosby had a very unfavorable about punk rock, which he saw as useless to the artistic medium.

Crosby died on January 18 at the age of 81. For his work with the Byrds and CSN, he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. Throughout the ’60s, he became a symbol for the counterculture movement of that time.

David Crosby disliked punk rock

Pretty much all dumb stuff…no musical value at all and mostly childish lyrics https://t.co/SF6vDL2vlQ

— David Crosby (@thedavidcrosby) July 26, 2017

Crosby had a Twitter account with over 237k followers. There, he continued his political activism and gave opinions about the state of music. Back in the summer of 2017, Riot Fest shared a post asking, “Hey @thedavidcrosby, does this mean you don’t want to come to our musical festival this year?” Usually in the autumn, Riot Fest hosts a three-day punk rock music festival in Chicago, Illinois. It features reunions, guest performances, and full album performances.

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That, in turn, was a response to Crosby’s own reply to a post listing different bands, which Crosby deemed “Pretty much all dumb stuff…no musical value at all and mostly childish lyrics.” Seeing this, the page for Riot Fest asked Crosby about the punk rock event, to which Crosby confirmed, “Yes that’s what it means,” he would not be attending Riot Fest any time soon.

Contrary to the counterculture pride

Crappy music though https://t.co/5gprIaIAuv

— David Crosby (@thedavidcrosby) July 26, 2017

This itself seems contrary to Crosby’s enduring status as a counterculture icon. Indeed, that is what Twitter user @TyranthteHawk believed, noting to Crosby, “I’m surprised. I honestly thought the anti-authority aspect of punk rock would appeal to you.” But Crosby deemed it “Crappy music though.” Even the sounds of Patti Smith, formative for New York’s punk rock movement, were declared “Not my thing” by Nash.

David Crosby does not like punk rock
David Crosby does not like punk rock / © Sony Pictures Classics / courtesy Everett Collection

So, where are Crosby’s counterculture roots evident? Louder writer Hannah May Kilroy remembers “Almost Cut My Hair” and “Wooden Ships” with particular nostalgia. Crosby’s music was as defiant as people needed it to be, thanks to those uniquely powerful harmonies he pulled off. Perhaps this display of musical skill is what made Crosby think so strongly about punk rock, if it does not pull off what he did with melodies.

NO NUKES, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash
NO NUKES, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, 1980, (c) Warner Brothers/courtesy Everett Collection

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