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Wild Tales Audiobook

Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Icarus NYC 05-21-16
    Icarus NYC 05-21-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Awesome!"

    One of the best rock bios ever, and one of the best performances. Just great!

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    Bobsmyman 11-25-15
    Bobsmyman 11-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "First half great, the rest is OK"

    The first part of this books- his early days through the formation of CSN and then CSNY - is very entertaining and a wonderful perspective not only on his career but the broader evolution of rock. The rest of it somewhat degenerates into a series of anecdotes, many fairly repetitive, of fights, drugs, concerts, personal
    philosophy, name dropping, and self-congratulation. In fairness, for all that, it gave me a real appreciation of Nash's dedication to music, the sheer persistence of CSN, and the breadth of Nash's interests and talents, although not accompanied by a lot of insight. For me the part up through the formation and development of CSNY made the second part worth it.

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    Jeannine Petaluma, US, Canada 05-29-15
    Jeannine Petaluma, US, Canada 05-29-15
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    "Fantastic and inspiring."

    The history is amazing to understand what influenced his journey. The insight into the artistry is inspiring. Thank you Graham Nash.

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    Simon 03-27-15
    Simon 03-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great listening"

    Very interesting and entertaining listen. Graham has an easy voice to listen to and his story is inspiring. I would recommend to any music fan.

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    Rook 01-02-15
    Rook 01-02-15
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    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended if you are a fan of this genre. Nash does an excellent job of reading.

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    Gibsonite 08-26-14
    Gibsonite 08-26-14 Member Since 2008
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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.

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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.

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    becky Burbank, CA, United States 06-18-14
    becky Burbank, CA, United States 06-18-14 Listener Since 2010

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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.

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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.

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    Rod Morgan 04-04-14
    Rod Morgan 04-04-14 Member Since 2010

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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.

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