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Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life | [Graham Nash]

Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life

From Graham Nash - the legendary musician and founding member of the iconic bands Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Hollies - comes a candid and riveting autobiography that belongs on the reading list of every classic rock fan.
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From Graham Nash - the legendary musician and founding member of the iconic bands Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Hollies - comes a candid and riveting autobiography that belongs on the reading list of every classic rock fan.

Graham Nash's songs defined a generation and helped shape the history of rock and roll - he’s written over 200 songs, including such classic hits as "Carrie Anne," “On A Carousel,” "Simple Man," "Our House," “Marrakesh Express,” and "Teach Your Children." From the opening salvos of the British Rock Revolution to the last shudders of Woodstock, he has rocked and rolled wherever music mattered. Now Graham is ready to tell his story: his lower-class childhood in post-war England, his early days in the British Invasion group The Hollies; becoming the lover and muse of Joni Mitchell during the halcyon years, when both produced their most introspective and important work; meeting Stephen Stills and David Crosby and reaching superstardom with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; and his enduring career as a solo musician and political activist. Nash has valuable insights into a world and time many think they know from the outside but few have experienced at its epicenter, and equally wonderful anecdotes about the people around him: the Beatles, the Stones, Hendrix, Cass Elliot, Dylan, and other rock luminaries.

From London to Laurel Canyon and beyond, Wild Tales is a revealing look back at an extraordinary life - with all the highs and the lows; the love, the sex, and the jealousy; the politics; the drugs; the insanity - and the sanity - of a magical era of music.

©2013 Graham Nash (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    James Miami, FL, United States 09-19-13
    James Miami, FL, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A Great Story for fans of the Hollies and CSN!"
    What did you love best about Wild Tales?

    I loved hearing Graham's story from himself, rather than a paid reader, as was the case with Clapton's audio book and Keith Richards'. Graham is generous to the many people who came into his life and is full of wonder and excitement about how his life changed when he entered the music business. Escaping the rigidities of British society and learning to express himself musically is a major theme of his account, which led to his leaving the Hollies and coming to America and joining Steve Stills and David Crosby to start a new group, CSN. For those of us who are long time Hollies fans, his detailed account of the events leading to his departure is something we've wanted to hear from him, personally, for a long time. It was hard to stop listening to his story, and I give it a full five stars. The only negative was his constant use of the "F" word, which was ubiquitous! So, be prepared!


    What other book might you compare Wild Tales to and why?

    The audio versions of Clapton, Richards and Townshend autobiographies. Those where the author is reading his own book, are the best. Townshend's book is an example, whereas the Clapton book and Keith Richards is read by a paid reader. Even so, I recommend them all to those of us who are "children of the 60s"!


    Have you listened to any of Graham Nash’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is his only performance that I am aware of for a book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, absolutely, although I was not able to. It is over 14 hrs long. A great buy.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny Jenkins Old Chatham, NY 11-02-13
    Jenny Jenkins Old Chatham, NY 11-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Hated the Band, Loved the Book!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The fact that Graham Nash was not a rock-and-roll genius made this book all the better! Nash's story of a working-class kid from the Manchester slums who found success with The Hollies and mega-success with Crosby Stills Nash and Young is so interesting because he wasn't and isn't a genius. What Graham Nash has always been is curious, appreciative of talent, embracing life's opportunities, positive-minded, forward looking. Every time a new opportunity presents itself, Graham Nash says, "That's interesting, that's cool, let me try that!" and then works hard once he's in the situation.


    What does Graham Nash bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    You really feel he's telling us his story without mediation. It's very intimate and friendly and draws you in. That North England/West Coast accent is disarming, to say the least!


    Was Wild Tales worth the listening time?

    Yes, to see Nash's evolution from an almost 19th century childhood in Manchester (no hot water, no indoor toilet) to discovery of rock-and-roll to the perfect timing of following The Beatles into rock-and-roll hero status ... it's a cultural history as well as a personal one.

    The second half of the book was far less interesting to me -- as was the case with Keith Richards' book. All those tales of decadence in the 1970s and 1980s are tedious, sad, annoying. But they were part of the trajectory, I suppose!


    Any additional comments?

    I still don't like any of CSN's songs, and thought they were corny and mushy even when I was young! But Graham is like a favorite uncle: not cool, perhaps, but loving and really great to have over for a visit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steven PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 10-28-13
    Steven PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 10-28-13 Member Since 2004
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    "The Best of the Recent Rock Biographies"

    After listening to Keith Richard's and Clapton's bios in addition to Billy Crystal's, I liked Nash's the best. Nash was always the most articulate of Crosby Stills & Nash. Which is remarkable for a guy who never completed high school. He doesn't waste lot of time discussing his drug use like in Keith Richard's bio, nor does he spend a lot of time bragging about his children and worrying about his imminent demise like Billy Crystal. lnstead, Nash gives us the condensed version of what we came for, which is his rise to rock and roll stardom 1st through the Hollies and then with Crosby Stills & Nash. It's a remarkable story. How the Hollies 1st big U.S. hit Bustop was written by the 14 yr. old Graham Gouldman, and how Nash was blown away when the kid performed it for him. And the 1st time he sung together with Crosby and Stills at Joni Mitchell's house. He also brings us up to date with his current pursuits.

    What made the audiobook for me was that it was read by Nash himself, a really nice personal touch.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Aventura, FL, United States 11-21-13
    Richard Aventura, FL, United States 11-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant"
    Where does Wild Tales rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very Highly


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great to hear Nash reading and singing. The beautiful illusion is the feeling that Graham Nash -and other readers of their autobiographies like Stephen Fry- are sitting in the same room as you telling stories from their lives (in my case via the audiobook played through iPhone speakers in my shirt pocket) while I am doing the cooking and sipping a glass of nice South Australian wine.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Meeting David Crosby and building their great friendship


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His childhood


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Spring Hill, FL, United States 10-18-13
    Robin Spring Hill, FL, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "The Inside Story"
    If you could sum up Wild Tales in three words, what would they be?

    Trip through time


    What does Graham Nash bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Graham's personality and his viewpoint came through clearly. He made it come alive through the whole story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A movie could never live up to the reality.


    Any additional comments?

    This book took me back in time to relive what happened then. Having been at several of his concerts, with and without the full band, it made me feel pleasantly nostalgic. Especially about a Crosby/Nash/Carole King show in the 70's. I could hear the friendship I saw on many occasions.This was one of my best purchases and I can't wait to tell others about it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Graham Edmonton, AB, Canada 10-17-13
    Graham Edmonton, AB, Canada 10-17-13
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    "Great story from one interesting Character"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wild Tales to be better than the print version?

    What an interesting history of such important times and musical influence.
    This was such an enjoyable story and the fact that it was in his own voice makes it all the better.
    I loved it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How candid he was throughout


    Have you listened to any of Graham Nash’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 09-27-13
    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2007
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    "More David Crosby's story than his"

    But still good. I'm glad I got this one, it was interesting to hear GN's childhood. . I was entertained.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    harry PLEASANTON, CA, United States 04-05-14
    harry PLEASANTON, CA, United States 04-05-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Just OK as Rock Star Bios Go..."

    I was somewhat disappointed in the content of this audiobook. It's like a never-ending story of a dysfunctional family. CSN / CSNY get together and make great music...do tons of drugs, fight and go their separate ways only to come back together to repeat the cycle over again...

    Don't get me wrong, there are some real gems on information such as how the Hollies got their name as well as some great anecdotes such as how "Just A Song Before I Go" was written, but overall this bio is just not in the same league as those by Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend for example.

    Not sure I'd recommend this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rod Morgan DC 04-04-14
    Rod Morgan DC 04-04-14 Member Since 2004

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    "A candid view of a great rock musician"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Graham Nash's look back is simultaneously self-aware, witty and unsparing. From his Hollies hits like "Bus Stop" through "Marrakesh Express" to "Chicago" and "Immigration Man," Graham provides a look at how the Sixties moved into the Seventies, how success erodes talent and friendship, and most of all how one good man kept his head in the midst of it all.


    What other book might you compare Wild Tales to and why?

    Like the remarkably reflective memoir by Keith Richards, Nash's story is rich with detail and impressions. Disappointed by several people he loved, he remained true to the music and continued to expand his own creative vision. Amusing, shocking, touching, the book is also reflective and self-deprecating. Without posturing, Nash tells his stories as comfortable, welcome company.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The wide-eyed innocence evident during the Hollies' first American tour is charming, and provides the full story of the great Hollies song "Stop, Stop, Stop."


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The high notes and the low points of an extraordinary career.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended - a terrific book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    becky SAINT CHARLES, MO, United States 03-30-14
    becky SAINT CHARLES, MO, United States 03-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "wild tales by graham nash"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    An interesting and well written story.


    What could Graham Nash have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He is so hypocritical. You really can't stand the guy. He make me dislike him and his music. Quite unfortunate


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get someone else to narrate? But the book was so awful.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Intense disappointment. Disgust. Anger.


    Any additional comments?

    I Wish I had never read this book as it has ruined my respect and admiration of the author and his associates. I will never be able to listen to the.music of the author again. This book is deeply disturbed and so hypocritical and vain.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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