CSNY speak out and listen in "Deja Vu"

Mon Jan 28, 2008 5:17am EST
 
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By Gregg Goldstein

PARK CITY, Utah (Hollywood Reporter) - Death threats, loud catcalls and walkouts didn't stop rock legends Crosby Stills Nash & Young from completing their fiercely anti-Bush reunion tour in 2006.

Two years later, the band has reunited again to unveil its Sundance Film Festival closing-night film, "CSNY Deja Vu," a documentary that isn't so much a concert movie as a balanced examination of America's fiercely divided opinions about the Iraq War.

"We went to war for one reason, then the reason changed every six months," said the project's main catalyst, Neil Young, an approachable guy despite his habit of locking eyes with you and not blinking when he speaks. "America never had a pre-eminent war in history before this, so we had something to say. But if anyone has anything else to say, the more the merrier."

"Deja Vu" takes a 360-degree look from inside the eye of a storm the band set out to create on their Freedom of Speech tour. It profiles civilians and soldiers both for and against the war between performances of popular '60s protest songs and newer, less universally accepted ones, like "Let's Impeach the President" from Young's 2006 album "Living With War."

And don't get Young started on the war.

"Some people support the troops by saying they're being abused, put in a situation with no armor, where they can't win, where there's not enough of them so they're used over and over again," he said. "They say the American way of life is threatened, and we're at war for our lives. But if that's true we should've had a draft. These guys didn't believe that enough to put their own careers on the line. It would be political suicide for this administration."

BOTH SIDES NOW

But there are plenty of well-articulated, contrary opinions in the film, and lots of self-criticism. There's footage of fans leaving en masse with middle fingers raised during "President" -- though Nash noted that it came three hours into a 3 1/2-hour show -- and gripes about $350 top ticket prices.   Continued...

 
<p>Recipients David Crosby, (L-R) Stephen Stills and Graham Nash accept the BMI Icon Award during the 54th annual BMI Pop Awards in Beverly Hills, California, May 16, 2006. REUTERS/Phil McCarten</p>