November 27, 2006

Crosby vs. Chumash

Opinion: Lack of facts, bitter tone betray author's ignoranceJohann Wolfgang Von Goethe, a German poet and novelist, wrote: "Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action." David Crosby's new book is out and his chapter on the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is a perfect example of ignorance in action.

Although I have become accustomed to his constant rants against the tribe, I was deeply disturbed to read his comments about the tribe in his new book. Clearly, Mr. Crosby's emotions got the best of him and he decided to base his comments on fantasy rather than facts.

For an individual who represented the 1960s, a time of peace and love, there's nothing peaceful or loving about Mr. Crosby's bitter tone. He seems to have become the head cheerleader for the tribe's vocal opponents in the Santa Ynez Valley. It appears that the only remaining elements left over from the '60s with Mr. Crosby are his drug and alcohol addictions.


writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
This particular posting is difficult to fathom. Is the David Crosby the article speaks of one and the same as the David Crosby of Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young? Is it the David Crosby who shouts "Prairie niggers!" in the middle of the film THUNDERHEART? What book is it that is being excoriated? Is there a history between David Crosby and the Santa Ynez Chumash, such as a botched musical gig at the Chumash casino?
Who's zooming whom? Who's buried in Grant's Tomb? Why is a raven like a writing desk?
Finding no illumination, writerfella only can quote Albert Einstein: "Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times."
All Best
Russ Bates

Rob said...

Yes, it's the David Crosby of Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young. Yes, he has a history of conflict with the Chumash tribe--a classic case of NIMBYism. This posting refers to his new book, Since Then, which just came out.