Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life

Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life

by Graham Nash

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ISBN-13: 9780385347549
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 09/17/2013
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.56(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.36(d)

About the Author

GRAHAM NASH is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee—once with CSN and once with The Hollies.  He was also inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame twice—both as a solo artist and with CSN. And, he is a Grammy award winner. In 2010, Nash was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth for his contributions as a musician and philanthropist. An activist for social and environmental justice, he is also an artist, acclaimed photographer and photography collector. His company Nash Editions’ original IRIS 3047 digital printer lives in the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution in recognition revolutionary accomplishments in the fine arts digital printing world. He lives in Hawaii with his wife, Susan.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
wow! My thoughts on Wild Tales...... Simply...it was one of the best written musical autobiographies I've ever read. I listened to Graham Nash deliver his story and had a hard copy to the side to see the photos included. candid... surprisingly heartwarming...sometimes heart-wrenching.... I couldn't put it down. "Graham Nash—the legendary musician and founding member of the iconic bands Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Hollies has given us a work that belongs on the reading list of every classic rock and roll fan." In a fiercely intense chronicle, we revel in moments of glory and success but we are not spared "dark side of stardom, "particularly the drug-fueled ego trips and meltdowns" that accompany tales of sex, drugs and rock and roll. Wild Tales journals amazing times in the world of rock music..yet, you can't help feel a certain sadness for all of the times "Wasted on the Way." Yes, "it all comes down to the music "(Graham Nash) but we learn so much more about love, friendship and loyalty. I recommend this not only to CSN(Y) fans but to all "students" of classic rock and roll. It's chronicled with precision and has a historical presence. If you want an honest look at this time period and the journey of CSN (Y), it's here. No holds barred. You'll also explore many of the passions of Graham Nash's life... Don't pass by this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Graham Nash has had a long and full career, and life, as a rock star. We find it all here: the beginning sounds of rock and roll — he saw Bill Haley in Manchester in 1957 when he was 15 and an aspiring musician; the thrill when he heard at a dance, also in 1957, a recording of the Eberly Brothers “Bye Bye Love” and was stopped in his tracks and could only muster, “What the f… was that!”, marking Nash’s beginning love for harmony; the formation of the British group, the Hollies; the early success and staying power of the Hollies, sharing stages with Johnny and the Moondogs, that later morphed into the Beatles, then the Beatles and Stones. There is the allure of America, from the Hollies first US tour, Nash’s leaving the Hollies, and the beginnings of his life in America: drugs, Joni Mitchell, more drugs, David Crosby, a lot more drugs, Stephen Sills and his craziness, more drugs, the special sound of Crosby, Stills and Nash (CSN), Neil Young and the edgier CSNY. There were decades of ups and downs, not from their music together but their lives together: Stills’ mercurial, crazy behavior, Young’s intensity and in and out of the group, and Crosby’s slow, steady deterioration from drugs. Besides the rock trajectory, Nash as a person is revealed to us. Besides his rock career, Nash becomes, quite early, a gifted photographer, and creates Nash Editions, one of the premier digital print makers in the world. He makes art and unselfishly supports critical political and environmental causes. Nash portrays himself as a simple guy, which he is. But he’s also drawn to complex personalities like Mama Cass, Stills and Young, and most of all, David Crosby. Sure, Nash and Crosby belong to the same rock band, they’re friends and colleagues for decades, they do heavy drugs together. But Nash stops, in 1984, and Crosby does not. Crosby goes through a life of down-spiraling events with heavier drugs, use of guns, car crashes, arrests, failed attempted intervention by Nash, Jackson Browne and others, prison, and a slow, not-so-smooth resurrection, then liver disease and a transplant. As the drug usage, and Crosby’s dependence, deepens, the music still goes on. This is what keeps Nash, and probably the others, together, however disjointed. Something unexpected happens as the story unfolds. You enter that close private space between Nash and Crosby. After Crosby recovers from the drug usage, by and large, he is diagnosed with liver failure and, for yet another miracle for Crosby, he finds a transplant. The prognosis for the transplant is not optimistic and, as always, Nash is there when Crosby is about to be wheeled into the operating room. Nash leans down to Crosby who is barely conscious and whispers, “Hey, if you leave me here with Stills, I’ll f…… kill you.” It’s the most telling and touching moment in the book. Crosby survives, marries a woman he shared drug abuse and recovery with, discovers he has a son from an early one-night stand, and connects with the son, has a child with his wife, and comes through it all. We’re delighted and share Nash’s pleasure in the survival of Crosby and the CSN sound. For Nash all the tribulations are trying and frustrating, but all he really cares about his own family, his CSN family and especially David Crosby, and above it all, making some great music. As he ends the book: “It all comes down to the music.” And he’s still at it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nash's style goes beyond the typical rock autobiography. Insightful, witty, poignant, and most of all-TRUE, not just because he lived it, but because of the pure honesty throughout the narrative. Cheers to a great book from a very humble Rock and Roll Icon. Refreshing in today's world of hype and tripe in the music world. Nash never loses the connection to his Blackpool roots. Well Done Willy !
victoryatC More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. Interesting and historically educational. Nash has written a very good description of the early days of rock and roll into the love and peace period and beyond. He also explains the inspiration behind a great many of his classic songs. I read Neil Young's book "Waging Heavy Peace" when it first came out and I found it scattered, not that informative, and seemingly a commercial every other chapter for Young's business interests in eco-car technology and better sounding MP3 type music. Did not enjoy it that much. Nash's book is well worth the money. I would hope he would do a volume two but he pretty much covered everything in this book. Great job, Graham.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Graham Nash is a rockstar, but not necessarily one everyone would recognize by name until you put it in the context of Crosby Stills Nash and Young. This is Graham's story of his rise to fame. He starts with his lower class English upbringing, then his time with The Hollies. Of course superstardom came with Crosby Stills and Nash. That's where the story really gets interesting. He includes information on his romances and interesting stories about other bands such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. All said and done, it is a wonderfully entertaining autobiography.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Went on and on in places.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Very entertaining read! Lots of personal stories told very straight forwardly. Graham maynot be well known outside of the groups he's been in but we are all going to know a lot more about that stuff after reading this! A great account of a life well lived and fun to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can ONLY view this on select devices!!! Be careful if you are purchasing or giving as a gift!!! Your recipient may very well no be able to access it - as I was not!!!
efm More than 1 year ago
insightful, well written, entertaining........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The "enhanced" feature does not work on any of the Nooks.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always admired the music. Now add the man to the statement.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Graham has been a great influence on me.I have to say that before I say anything more. His songs have always been brilliant and his voice is angelic. What bugs me about this book is the incessant bragging about his good fortune. it is good, but NOT everyone will feel good reading about it. It can lead one to think hey,why did I not get any of that luck? it was not luck Graham. at all.it was either a higher power, or hard work. Maybe both. Great reading anyway. Insulting at times to those who once were.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So glad that I bought this book!. The enhancement feature worked perfectly. He would mention a particular song and then on the Nook you can press play and hear a portion of that song. I enjoyed his insight and detailed recollections of his childhood, the Hollies and CSN. I'll rereading this one for sure. So glad that I bought it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book emmensely. I've been in a 1960's/70's reverie ever since. What simpler, more creative more revolutionary times!I happy to see/hear all the band members are alive, well and rockin' and continue to contribute their fascinating stories to the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an incredible book! I experienced it as a book on tape and, OMG, it was amazing to have Graham himself narrate it! I was suprised by the rating for this book on this site, 3.5 stars, but realized quickly when I lscanned yhrough the reviews already left, one person had isses with their Nook and gave the book a 1 star rating in multiple reviews. My feeling is if you enjoy rock-n-roll this book is a must read no matter your age!
beachfrau More than 1 year ago
Nicely written autobiography about Graham Nash. He shares many insights into his time with the Hollies and CSN and CSNY. If you enjoy CSN music, you might appreciate what inspired many of their songs. Ever wonder why Neil Young left CSN? That's in here, too. Mr. Nash shares his thoughts about his family and friends, his bandmates and the women in his life. He writes about many of the 1960 music icons that he has met and who have influenced him and his music. He shares some of his life perspectives. Good read!
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Great read. First person writing made it more interesting. Outstanding insight into extreme talent & it's ramifications on personal relationships.