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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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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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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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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

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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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

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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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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Could he be a bigger blow hard?

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

It would have been nice to hear all the stories without all the self adulation and dumb jokes.

Has Wild Tales turned you off from other books in this genre?

YES!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He's just not a good reader and some of the comments might have had a chance of being funny if they timing was better in the reading.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

This book is about one of my favorite bands and I saw this man in concert in 1980 or 1979. I love their music and it was nice to understand the make up of the group and how things worked.

Any additional comments?

Seriously a little less ego. According to Graham he helped save the Beatles first record gave Marooon 5 their start and Graham is a world renowned philanthropist, photographer, painter, and sculpture. An amazing life like his did not need to blow his own horn quite so much and it completely ruins the story. Wasn't there an editor at his publisher willing to help him out a bit?

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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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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.