David Crosby

In Memoriam

NORML was saddened to receive news of the passing of David Crosby, who joined NORML’s Advisory Board in 2018.

“David Crosby was a genuine American original and an outspoken advocate for ending our nation’s failed war on cannabis consumers. We were ecstatic to have him join NORML’s Advisory Board in 2018 and lend his platform and voice to the ongoing fight for cannabis freedom after a lifetime of personal advocacy. NORML extends our sincerest condolences to David’s family, friends, and fans. He will be missed, but there is no question he leaves behind an indelible mark on the social and cultural landscape.”

~ NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri

“The Voice of a Generation” – Rolling Stone Magazine

Music legend, David Crosby is best known for being a founding member of two of the world’s most successful rock bands ever – the iconic, CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG – as well as THE BYRDS.

The globally-recognized, grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist, author and activist had an unparalleled career and sold over 35 million albums worldwide. His songs are heard by millions around the world each day, and he has twice been inducted into the prestigious Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as well as the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is also in the history books for being a featured performer at Woodstock. 

Crosby, a native Californian, created songs that resonate as indelible cultural touchstones for more than three generations. He served as the social conscience for the baby-boomer generation – the largest segment of the world’s population. 

He eloquently wrote and sang about societal issues on iconic songs he wrote and co-wrote including “Wooden Ships”, “Almost Cut My Hair”, “Guinnevere”, “Shadow Captain”, “In My Dreams” and “Déjà Vu”. 

Crosby, in addition to performing with Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young, has performed with and collaborated with dozens of world renowned artists including Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Elton John, Carole King, Bob Dylan, Marc Cohn, Jack Johnson, Paul Simon, Melissa Etheridge, and Phil Collins, 

With a global fan base in the millions, Crosby had one of the most recognizable faces on the planet. “Croz” (as his friends called him) has remained at the forefront of music and social change for over five decades. His towering influence and ability to capture the spirit of our times in his music persists.