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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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    cupcake new york city 05-09-17
    cupcake new york city 05-09-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved hearing it from The author!"
    If you could sum up Wild Tales in three words, what would they be?

    David Crosby constantly


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Graham Nash seems like the perfect person to write about CSNY, since he seems to be the most normal of them all.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the Joni Mitchell parts and wish there had been more.


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

    Drugs make you an artist


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book, but it did get bogged down with too much about drugs, and not enough about his relationships. Wish he had talked more about his wife, Joni, Rita Coolidge, not just constantly about David Crosby.

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    SuZQ California, United States 04-28-17
    SuZQ California, United States 04-28-17 Member Since 2007
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    "I was sooo disappointed!"
    Would you try another book from Graham Nash and/or Graham Nash?

    No - I don't know as there would be another - but no - he needs to get over himself in general.. he reads what he wrote about all the women he bedded ike he's reading a newspaper article... and talks about Crosby getting a lot of action - almost incredulously - like he's jealous - and keeps talking about how he and Cros are the best friends - but turns around and is denigrating him all the way through.. the same with Cass Elliott - how important to him and what a muse she was - and ties it up with she indicated she wanted to have sex - and why not - he boinked anyone - and he says no, he isn't attracted... it's always him against everyone - complains about Stills and Young.. I know it's an autobiography - but he even whines when he's reading... and considering how well his voice sounds when he sings on records, when he sang parts of songs - I don't know - maybe he was singing his harmony line? I was excited to listen to this book - by the end I just wanted it to be over - but waited until the end to see if he would redeem himself... He sure has had a lot of people helping get him through his life... Maybe they should write a book!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Graham Nash again?

    Singing on his old records with Stephen Stills and David Crosby.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    For much of the time I thought he read as if he wasn't reading something he - in essence - had written. When he whined it was more annoying.. I became disappointed in who he was. Then I saw him on a show called Speakeasy with Rita Coolidge shortly after I finished reading the book - he was the same - He seemed annoyed that he had to be there until Rita started asking him questions.. he seemed insecure and all caught up in himself... I don't know - maybe I was wanting him to impart some wisdom - not know about all the houses he had where...


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Wild Tales?

    I would hope there was more written and recorded that talked about time doing concerts - more about who all he sang with - I thought those stories were great - more stories about great things that happened - and leave out the judgemental caca.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't usually write reviews that are negative - and I waited a couple of weeks to see if I felt differently. Nope. I'm disappointed and annoyed. At least I know!

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    Ray 04-18-17
    Ray 04-18-17
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    "Reliving my life through his story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you love early rock and roll you'll love this book. It is right up there with the very best of them.


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    Scott P Boston 03-22-17
    Scott P Boston 03-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved this wild ride!"

    This was a standout memoir. I was engrossed from the minute I pressed play. Aside from the amazing content, which is a given if you know anything about this artist, the writing itself is actually high quality and Graham was able to create vivid imagery to enhance his narrative. The author's narration was phenomenal as well, and this was especially critical when reading lyrics; Nash's ability to sing his lyrics rather than recite them brought this book to life. One of the most captivating audiobooks I've listened to - 10 out of 10.

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    Barb Stewart 01-17-17 Member Since 2015

    Artist - I like music particularly 80's metal. Love impressionism and post impressionism.

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    "Terrific Book"

    Terrific book especially since it was narrated by Graham. Wonderful insight and compelling stories! His journeys outlining some of the most influential bands in rock hisory is a joy to listen to.

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    Melisanthrope Alexandria, VA USA 12-22-16
    Melisanthrope Alexandria, VA USA 12-22-16 Member Since 2017

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    "Wild and Delightful Tales"

    Graham Nash is forthright, funny, emotional, uplifting and entertaining all at once. A truly remarkable addition to his already stunning body of work.

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    Charles 12-18-16
    Charles 12-18-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Poor boy makes good"

    Graham narrates this revealing story of his personal and professional life on the way to becoming a worldwide name. Aspiring musicians will recognize the same struggles in Graham's life that they encounter. Graham was never complacent and was willing to take risks to move forward.

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    Jay United States 06-04-16
    Jay United States 06-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good audio book"

    Well spoken, good story, interesting life. I would recommend. Didn't really follow graham when I was growing up but it was fun following his life and listing to his crisp clean views.

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    Greg 05-21-16
    Greg 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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    Jeannine Petaluma, US, Canada 05-29-15
    Jeannine Petaluma, US, Canada 05-29-15 Member Since 2017
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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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