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
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!
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"!
This is his only performance that I am aware of for a book.
Yes, absolutely, although I was not able to. It is over 14 hrs long. A great buy.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Meeting David Crosby and building their great friendship
Trip through time
Graham's personality and his viewpoint came through clearly. He made it come alive through the whole story.
A movie could never live up to the reality.
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.
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.
How candid he was throughout
But still good. I'm glad I got this one, it was interesting to hear GN's childhood. . I was entertained.
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.
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.
It was nice hearing his actual enthusiasm when reading some anecdote that appeared to really touch him in some way.
Wild Tales: A Rock and Roll LIfe
Relive the crazy, incredible fun without further damaging your liver!
I could have used fewer political advocations.
Tell us about yourself!
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.
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.
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