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Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life
“Graham Nash was a singer songwriter for two of my favorite bands The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash & (sometimes) Young. In this autobiography he tells the story of his life from the poverty of growing up in in a working class neighborhood in England to the heights of fame as well as sex, drugs...”
“Graham Nash was a singer songwriter for two of my favorite bands The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash & (sometimes) Young. In this autobiography he tells the story of his life from the poverty of growing up in in a working class neighborhood in England to the heights of fame as well as sex, drugs and rock & roll during his hey day with CSN&Y.
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I really enjoyed this story of the birth of The British Invasion of the 60’s. Nash shares great stories of the first time he ever heard a record and how much The Everly Brothers influenced his singing and song writing. Lots of tales about the exploding scene in England with The Beatles, Stones, and all the other myriad “Boy Bands” of the 60’s. Then he moves on to the incredible success of Crosby, Stills, Nash and also Young. Everything is there, the love affair with Joni Mitchell, the massive amounts of drugs, sex, and most of all the music. He shares many anecdotes about some of the biggest names in rock and roll at that time. He also goes into a great deal of detail about the dynamics of working with Stephen Stills and Neil Young, both incredibly strong willed men and his enduring friendship with David Crosby. He also talks a lot about the group’s political activism and the many, many philanthropic concerts he was involved in. He does not spare anyone, not even himself. Eventually he changes his lifestyle and got deeply into photography and sculpture and formed a very successful fine art printing company. But throughout the book the most important thing was his life long friendship with David Crosby and the music, always the music.
I had the enhanced Kindle book and it was great. There were many times he would talk about his songs and you could listen to them; that was a real bonus. He also included many photographs that he took over the years; it was fun remembering those days.
Overall for me this was a very good book. I’m not sure if it would appeal to many people who don’t remember that era or aren’t familiar with the musicians of that time. But if you want to know about the rock and roll scene of the 60’s and 70’s this is a good starting point.