David Crosby: “It was, for me, obviously much better that I was fired from The Byrds”
The tumultuous making of The Byrds’ The Notorious Byrd Brothers is examined in the new issue of Uncut (November 2012), out on Friday (September 21).
David Crosby, Chris Hillman and Roger McGuinn are all interviewed about this pivotal period, 1967-68, in the band’s history, which left only Hillman and McGuinn remaining from the original five-piece.
Talking about being sacked during the sessions, Crosby tells Uncut: “As for Notorious, it was, for me, obviously much better that I left.
“With all three of us alive and still very good at what we do, I would happily fly wingman to Roger with Chris, with whom I am friends, and make some more music. Roger has said repeatedly – because I have asked him repeatedly – that he doesn’t want to do that. I’m sorry he doesn’t.”
After leaving The Byrds, Crosby went on to huge success with Crosby, Stills & Nash.
The Byrds’ 20 greatest songs are also counted down, chosen by the likes of McGuinn, Hillman, Crosby, Bobby Gillespie, Emmylou Harris and Van Dyke Parks.
The new issue of Uncut is out on Friday (September 21).
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