Was Byrds’ Paul Simon Fight ‘Beginning of the End’ for Crosby?

Members of Byrd’s discussed an argument Paul Simon it may have been the “beginning of the end” for David Crosby‘s original tenure with the band.

He was fired in 1967 according to its relation to Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman disbanded after the Monterey Pop Festival. In the new photo book The Byrds 1964-1967 (via Variety), the former bandmates outlined a disagreement that arose a short time earlier.

“We were up in the Columbia offices when Paul Simon came in,” McGuinn said. “I had worked with Paul when I was a session musician in New York, and I played on his demo of ‘The Sound of Silence.’ But I didn’t remember that at the time. David said to Paul, ‘Hey, man, we’re playing tonight you should come down.” Paul said, ‘Well, I don’t know. Maybe I’ll go.’ I was kind of mad, and I said something like, ‘Well, you don’t have to go to the concert, man.’ Paul said, ‘I know I don’t need to.’

Hillman noted that “David thought Roger wasn’t polite to Paul Simon. I don’t know what happened, but Paul leaves. It wasn’t in a rush or anything. Then David says, ‘I can’t believe you treated Paul Simon like that.’

McGuinn said it was just “this little exchange … but David got mad. He said, ‘Are you so jealous of Simon and Garfunkel that you act like that?’ We just got into it with each other. And then David said, ‘Millbrook’s gone!’ Timothy Leary had a kind of sour commune in upstate New York, in a town called Millbrook. We were going there, but David was the liaison between Leary and us. I just remember him saying, ‘Millbrook is going.’ So we didn’t get together for a while after that.”

Crosby added, “It’s funny because now I have no memory whatsoever!” But, Hillman suggested, “Maybe this was the beginning of the end.”

The 400 pages The Byrds: 1964-1967 can be pre-ordered via the book’s website. Several limited editions are for sale, including some signed by the three musicians.

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