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
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.
Nope...can't say I would.
Too much bragging about himself & his children. Not very kind in regards to the opposite sex. Way too much politics!
Don't believe I could do that!
Disappointment. What a pontificating hypocrite. Not to mention a snitch!
Loved the music but hard to like the bio.
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.
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.
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.
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."
The high notes and the low points of an extraordinary career.
Highly recommended - a terrific book.
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