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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
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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.

    3 of 3 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
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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.

    3 of 3 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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    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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    Gibsonite 08-26-14
    Gibsonite 08-26-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Sad Story..."
    Would you try another book from Graham Nash and/or Graham Nash?

    Nope...can't say I would.


    What was most disappointing about Graham Nash’s story?

    Too much bragging about himself & his children. Not very kind in regards to the opposite sex. Way too much politics!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Graham Nash’s performances?

    Don't believe I could do that!


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

    Disappointment. What a pontificating hypocrite. Not to mention a snitch!


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the music but hard to like the bio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sudi 06-18-14
    Sudi 06-18-14

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    "Old Hippies Never Die"
    What did you love best about Wild Tales?

    Can't say I actually loved anything in particular but I did like the recreation of the 60's and beyond music scene from someone who managed to stay aware enough to obviously recall most of it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wild Tales?

    I thought the serendipity of meeting the Everly Brothers on the street in England and talking with them after seeing them perform was intriguing. I guess that could never happen today with an aspiring musician and their heroes.


    What about Graham Nash’s performance did you like?

    It was nice hearing his actual enthusiasm when reading some anecdote that appeared to really touch him in some way.


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

    Wild Tales: A Rock and Roll LIfe

    Relive the crazy, incredible fun without further damaging your liver!


    Any additional comments?

    I could have used fewer political advocations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    becky Burbank, CA, United States 06-18-14
    becky Burbank, CA, United States 06-18-14 Member Since 2010

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "If you lived the 70's then this audio is for you"

    It's amazing how much detail Graham brings to his journey. I'm live in Los Angeles so I am so familiar with the landscape. I love CSNY music -- early days. Live concerts today are now too much of their political views.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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