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David Crosby, one of the most famous American folk singers and guitarists of the 1960s and 1970s, best known as one of the founders of the Byrds band and the trio Crosby, Stills & Nash, has died at the age of 81. His wife said this without specifying the causes of death. One of the most representative and theatrical musicians in American music of the period, Crosby had a significant influence on rock and folk and became a reference for the hippie generation with his sardonic and free character, so much so that it is said that he inspired the character has interpreted by Dennis Hopper in the film Easy Rider, who also resembled him because of the characteristic mustache and long hair.
With the Byrds, Crosby recorded the first records, the most famous and successful of the group, and composed, among other things, “Eight Miles High”. With his electric guitar, he defined the band’s signature style, often referred to as “jangle pop,” from “jangle,” a trait associated with the metallic sound of his electric guitars. Crosby left the Byrds in 1967 and formed a supergroup with musicians Stephen Stills of Buffalo Springfield and Graham Nash of the Hollies. As a second concert, they performed directly in Woodstock and became an institution of hippie music, achieving huge success, which increased when Neil Young joined the group (they became Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young). Their record Déjà Vu is one of the most popular of this time.
Crosby also recorded several solo albums, collaborating with other famous American musicians of the 1960s, from Joni Mitchell to Jefferson Airplane. He continued to make music over the next few decades, appearing on records by Phil Collins and David Gilmour. A great connoisseur of the subject, he had recently launched his own brand of marijuana and derivatives and was also a frequent user of Twitter.