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5. Juni 2014
Wild Tales by Graham Nash - a classic rock memoir of the legendary Hollies front man and member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & YoungIn this candid and riveting autobiography Graham Nash tells it all: the love, the sex, the jealousy, the drugs, and the magical music-making.This is one of the great rock and roll stories: growing up in poverty in postwar Manchester, where Nash founded the Hollies with schoolfriend Allan Clarke and the incredible success that followed, friendships with all the great British bands of the 60s including the Beatles, the Stones and the Kinks, decamping to America and becoming the lover of Joni Mitchell (for whom he wrote 'Our House') and achieving superstardom with David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Neil Young.This book will be adored by Graham Nash fans and takes its rightful place in the pantheon of classic music memoirs alongside Book Dylan's Chronicles, Keith Richards' Life and Neil Young's Waging Heavy Peace.Graham Nash was born in Blackpool in 1942 and brought up in Salford. He was cofounder with his schoolfriend Allan Clarke of the Hollies - one of the most successful British pop groups of the 1960s for whom he was lead-singer and one of the principal songwriters. In 1968 he left the UK to live in California, where he became part of the supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash (later, after Neil Young joined, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young). Unusually he has been inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, for the Hollies and for CSNY, and in 2010 he received the OBE. He is noted for his political and charity work (he played Occupy Wall Street in 2011), is a serious photographer, and has homes in California and Hawaii.

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  • Taschenbuch: 368 Seiten
  • Verlag: Penguin (5. Juni 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0241968046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241968048
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 19,8 cm
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Graham Nash was born in Blackpool in 1942 and brought up in Salford. He was cofounder of the Hollies - one of the most successful British pop groups of the 1960s - and in 1968 moved to California, where he became part of the supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash (later, after Neil Young joined, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young). Unusually he has been inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating. 31. August 2014
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Graham Nash's story moves along at a rapid pace. He's got a lot to tell and he does it well. As you might expect, there's a great deal in here about Crosby, Stills and Nash (CSN) and Young and their ups and downs but it's also very interesting to read about Nash's early experience as a member of the Hollies and his more recent activities as a solo artist and a political activist.

Moving to the US in the late sixties, Nash rapidly became part of the Laurel Canyon scene setting up home with Joni Mitchell and making contact with other creative spirits. His description of his first meeting with David Crosby and Steve Stills and the way they began singing together is quite fascinating. He and Crosby became very close friends and Nash tells a harrowing story of Crosby's decline into dependence on drugs and drink which almost ended fatally. Fortunately Crosby survived and CSN continue to perform now and again most recently in 2013.

Highly recommended.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An Englishman in California 22. März 2014
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Wesentlich besser und spannender als Neil Young's Wagging Heavy Peace. Ich glaube auuch, dasss wenig "ghostgewritered" wurde. Sehr amüsant; wer sich für Classic Rock ineressiert, kommt da nicht vorbei.
Der fehlende Stern : die Verknüpfung mit den AAudio datein iist nicht möglich. Sonst wär's ein *****
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5.0 von 5 Sternen London Tales 3. November 2013
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My wife and me went to London on October the 6th with tickets in our pockets for the CSN Concert at RAH for October 8th. In the morning of the concert we've heard that GN will be signing his autobiography in some Record store in Londontown, which in the end was Rough Mix RS somewhere Liverpool Station nearby Bricklanes. Up we went, bought a book and were ready to meet GN. The moment I saw him, reminded me on my first two Albums I bought in the early seventies, which used to be Abbey Road and Deja Vu. There he was in real time, looking like an average person, no bodyguard or anything of the today's bulls***. As I walked toward him, we shaked hands and I called him Mr Nash. He immediately replied and told me to call him Graham. We had a little chat took a few pictures and next was on its way. I stayed in the store for a while, and could witness a conversation that made me laugh and gave me a little more to know about the personality of GN. In a short break, while he was talking to some older Fans, a young woman aged maybe 20 asked him if he was working in the store and might help her to get a special cd she was looking for. He answered her yes he was working in the shop but could not realy help her in that special case but would like to ask his assistance in the shop to give a helping hand.
The evening came and we had a ball in the Albert Hall. What a place and what musicians !!! They nearly played a 3h set. And if you were closing your eyes, you might have thought to be back in the heydays of R&R. They proved to be one of the true legends of popular music and deserved every hand the enthusiastic audience that night was willing to give.
Back home in good old Germany, I red the book in just a few days. And it was worth every single page. In the end I was looking back to the frontpages where he had signed his autograph and a little message for us and our daughter Luise..."Hope you teached Luise well"....Yes we did GRAHAM. Thanks for the book and thanks for the music.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen a walk on the wild side 28. September 2013
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As one would suspect from a superb songwriter and photographer this a work of quality written in an easy but literary style. Funny but also profound when that is needed.

A rather amazing tale of a guy born and raised in utter poverty in postwar UK and then realizing his teenage dream and more with The Hollies before being turned on by the likes of David Crosby and Mama Cass to mindexpanding drugs and the hippie lifestyle.

We get the intimate story of his failed love relationship to Joni Mitchell, the wild and crazy times surronded by lots of gorgous and willing girls, the snorting of insane amounts of coke and the total downfall of Crosby in the 80s. And some interesting reflections on Neil Young and his erratic, selfish behavior that might unsettle some fans of St. Neil. On the other hand he paints a lot more sympathetic pic of Stills than Crosby does in his two autobiographical books.

The only problem is that book is too short, the time from Crosby's return from jail up to now being very fragmentarily dealt with. As if albums like "Live It Up", "After The Storm", "Looking Forward" did not exist not to mention the brilliant Crosby and Nash.

All in all a wonderful book and not only a must-have for CSN(Y) fans but for everyone reflecting on the rock life, the enviroment and the muse of pure Music.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Perhaps the most brilliant memoir I've ever had the opportunity to read!! 17. September 2013
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Perhaps the most brilliant memoir I've ever had the opportunity to read!! Just ordered ten of them to give out as gifts this Christmas.

It would seem obvious to even the casual observer that an autobiography of one of the biggest rock stars in history, would probably be a book replete with tales of sex, drugs, and rock and roll; a book laden with stories of decadences and dalliances, and of living life to the excess. Well don't worry, Nash pulled no punches here, and those stories all there for the taking but that's NOT what this book is about. Wild Tales is about so much more than that. In the end, it is about the music transcending all else, about people, about family, and most of all about LOVE, FRIENDSHIP and LOYALTY. I picked up the book and was literally transfixed for hour after hour, unable to put it down until I got to the last of it's 360 pages before starting again from the beginning. I laughed, and I cried, over and over again, learning as much about love as I learned about loss. The stories were just so mesmerizing, and seemed to flow so naturally, that for that one brief moment I was transported back in time and witnessing first hand the seemingly cathartic retelling of the most amazing events in musical history cloaked in the wrapper of a life lived with honor, integrity, caring and commitment, by someone who may well have been one of the few islands of saneness in a generation where sanity was hard to come by.
Interspersed with stories of love triumphing over all, we are taken to the places all of us may wish we could have been, as Nash lays down a historical record for us, and for future generations, of glimpses into musical history, many of which had never before been documented. We learn how with the support of his parents, a young man growing up in abject poverty, wasn't allowed to fall into the trap of many of his peers, working in the mills or the mines, and was instead allowed to pursue his passion for music.

"When I was back in England, I went to visit my mother, whose health had been in a steady decline. " "...I'd been carrying around a question for 25 years that my mother could only answer with some serious reflection. I wanted to know why all of my friends had been forced to get a real job when they turned 16, and I'd never gotten that pressure, especially from my mom." Because, Graham," she said, "you are living the life I wanted for myself." She said, "Believe it or not, I thought I had a pretty nice voice and wanted to be on stage, to be a singer like you. I thought I had something to offer with my talent. But World War II came and I married and had three kids - and the dream was over for me. So you are doing what I wanted to do."

"A few years later, after my mother had passed, I found myself describing this conversation one night while Crosby and I were playing Carnegie Hall." "My mother wanted to be on the stage," I said, "and I thought how great it would be if she had made it to Carnegie Hall. As I spoke, I reached into my right-hand pocket, into which I had slipped a few of my mothers ashes, and I started to sprinkle them on the stage." "Mom, you finally made it!"

We learn about the lifelong relationship Nash would have with artists such as the Stones, Eric Clapton, Mama Cass, The Everly Brothers, and of course, the Beatles.
"On Sunday morning, June 25, 1967, I was awakened by a phone call at my house in Kynance Mews...not my favorite way of waking up, but still I sleepily answered it. It was Paul McCartney, and I was awake immediately. Paul invited me down to Abbey Road, where he and the boys were about to put on a live show for the whole world. Using the new Telstar satellite, and the BBC, the Beatles were going to be singing a song (All You Need is Love) representing the best that Britain had to offer." It was going to be the first worldwide television show - broadcast to some 400 million people."

The most amazing tales however were those that transcended music itself, and really just spoke to the true meaning of friendship. We learn how Nash's love for his musical partner David Crosby, would lead to his spear-heading an intervention to save him from the drugs that took so many others, way too young. How when David seemed to have lost it all, Graham stepped in and bought up his publishing rights, to protect them from creditors, and how he took his dear friend, despondent and nearly suicidal over the death of Christine Hinton, and got him away from the madness and out onto the open seas in David's boat, The Mayan, an effort that no doubt saved his life.

Of course we are told of the workings of the inner of the music industry, from the forming, dissolving, and re-forming of all the best bands in history, to David Geffen being thrown in a pool, to how Nash agreed to listen to the 15 year old son their managers neighbor, who begged to have them listen to the songs he had written, and how he and Hollies co-founder Allan Clarke sat there transfixed as this little kid, Michael Gouldman, belted out "...Bus stop, wet day, she's there I say, Please share my umbrella" and "Look through, any window, yeah, what do you see...." He wasn't done, of course, and went on to write "For Your Love," and "Heart Full of Soul" for the Yardbirds, and ultimately form a band we know as 10cc.

While I found myself spellbound reading the tales of the visionary Ahmet Ertegen, the often confusing relationship with Neil Young, and of course knowing at last just what some of my favorite songs are really about, my personal favorites are those glimpses into the two loves of his life, Joni Mitchell, and of course his amazing wife Susan, who he describes eloquently as one of the most amazing people in the world. Pouring his feelings out onto the page, you can feel just how deeply and passionately Nash truly cares about the people who are special to him. Whether he's talking about his pride in his three wonderful children, his love of his new grand-daughter Stellar Joy, his musical partners, his friends, or just his fellow members of the human race, he is truly one who lays it all out on the table and is willing to give of himself to enrich the lives of all he touches.

As Rock and Roll memoirs go, Wild Tales is sure to be an instant classic, and a must have addition to any rock and roll fans library. More than that, however, it's a mesmerizing read presented by a true man of the world, who teaches us about how friendship and love transcends music, and that the secret to thriving in a tumultuous world, is in letting your passions guide you, and giving back to those around you at each and every turn.
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"I am a simple man." Graham Nash.
"This is how I remember it." Graham Nash.

This (345 page) book covers Nash's musical life from his time in The Hollies (the first 130 pages or so) to his move to SoCal's Laurel Canyon (where the story really begins in earnest), up to the present. The first portion of the book about Nash and The Hollies is the most interesting and informative part of this book. Little has been written about The Hollies by someone who was close to the band, so it's nice to have Nash's perspective on that period. But don't let the three "stars" fool you. This is a well thought out interesting, and (sometimes) informative book from Nash. His stories do bring out those years, but much of it has already been relived by his musical partners and others. But Nash's writing style is very personable and straightforward--which makes reading his book a pleasurable experience--more so than other similar memoirs.

Even if you're familiar with all the stories about CSN&Y, Nash's memories of his early musical life--before and with The Hollies--is well worth reading. His up close and personal description of the early years in England really bring that whole period alive and make the book worthwhile. Reading Nash's memories makes me wish a good writer/editor would interview, in depth, the members of The Hollies and those connected with them, for an in depth book that includes each band member, the band, important people on the scene at that time, and that whole era when music was rapidly changing. The Hollies were there, and witnessed and were a part of that change, from pretty-boy crooners to The Beatles, The Stones, The Hollies, and other bands of the era. It's a piece of English rock'n'roll history that's crying out to be told. Maybe someday.

The majority of the book is taken up with stories fans have already read about in several other books--including Neil Young's recent book and David Crosby's two books from a few years ago--plus books about the Laurel Canyon era ("Fire And Rain" is a good example) of the late 1960's. Nash writes in a straightforward style that makes for easy reading, and it's nice to read his slant on things, but too much of the information on CSN&Y--which is a good portion of the book--has been told before. And like other similar memoirs Nash has told a number of stories, but has had to leave out many more ("a thousand more")--which is understandable. But as Nash says--"I don't give a s--t about stuff 30 years ago". Included are many b&w photographs (including a great shot of Nash's father singing, a great picture of The Hollies performing at the Cavern Club in 1963, a beautiful photo of Crosby's late lady Christine Hinton, and a shot of Nash chipping away part of the Communist East Berlin wall in 1989), some throughout the book, but the majority are in three groups spaced throughout the book.

But for those who have read little about CSN&Y this is an informative look from someone who was (and is) still there and making music. The Hollies is where Nash learned his songwriting/singing craft, but finding his music was growing away from the group, Nash ups sticks and moves to Laurel Canyon and immerses himself in his new chosen lifestyle like a moth to a flame. He also describes the now well known scene during that period, with his meeting up with Crosby and Stills, and overlaying his voice over their two-part harmonies to make something incredible sounding.

He also talks about Joni Mitchell and his almost instant affection for her and his feelings about the wife (and everything else) he left behind in England. And there's the meeting with Cass Elliot and how important that was. The parties at Peter Tork's (The Monkees) house and all the drugs and available women. Nash also talks about the group's appearance at Woodstock ("scary") and other important festivals of the period. Of course a good deal of the book is given over to Nash's dealings (both good and bad) with the other three members of the group. He talks about Stills' massive ego, Crosby's massive, crippling intake of illicit substances ("he always had the best pot") which altered his personality and Crosby's appetite for women ("they were always around"--worse than Nash or Stills), and Young's using of bands he was in to further his own solo career. Throughout Nash is seen as "the peacemaker" among the four and he talks at length about his longtime friendship with Crosby and the many ups and downs they went through together. He also describes the intense rivalry between Stills and Young which added even more pressure on the group. He recounts what Woodstock was like for the group, along with other experiences over the years (like Altamont) that does bring out the flavor of those times.

Nash also shares his feelings on the other members of the group through the years--they're still concerned with the craft of music-making--as a group, in a duo setting, or solo. They have never really split up--reuniting for concerts or social causes. And as Nash sees things, each of the four still maintain their musical integrity and their personalities--perhaps mellowing a bit. But they're still together--if not as friends (Young's loner tendencies) certainly as performers (Crosby-Nash) who still perform today.

In the end Nash sees CSN&Y as "the four of us against the world." And even with all the problems and hassles over the years the most important thing--the music--is still most important. As Nash says--"Did it enrich people's lives, or was it a waste of time?". But he answers his own question--"I don't believe that any of this was a waste of time". And as I said earlier, if you've read little about CSN&Y you'll come away thinking that Nash's book wasn't a waste of time either. Other fans who know much of the story of CSN&Y won't find much new here except for the portion of the book concerning Nash and The Hollies. All in all, Nash's stories are told a little to late for most fans of both himself and CSN&Y, but it's nice to finally read Nash's perspective on his life with his three "brothers". "It always comes down to the music". Graham Nash.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen In desperate need of an editor 10. November 2013
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Here we have a self-proclaimed artistic genius who has conquered the worlds of music, art and photography, tackling a memoir. After all, how hard can it be? Simply pour out everything you can remember about your childhood and musical career, rearrange it here and there, add some music for e-book readers, and there you are. Don't allow any competent editing, because that would reduce the size of the book by about half.

The first third to half of the book is by far the most interesting, detailing Nash's childhood in the north of England, a hardscrabble existence punctuated by his father's incarceration for a year for a minor crime. His childhood friendship with Allan Clarke and the story of their meeting the Everly Brothers is endearing, as is his first unplanned session of singing harmony with David Crosby and Stephen Stills. The latter experience resulted in the birth of CSN and directed Nash's future career path. It is interesting to read of the origins of some of CSN's iconic songs, such as Teach Your Children and Our House.

Then Nash starts to tell us both less and more than we want to know about the subsequent history of CSN/CSNY. Drug and alcohol abuse by Crosby and Nash, and Neil Young's pain in the neck personality constantly contributed to drama in the recording studio and on the concert trail, but interestingly, while Nash smoked, snorted, and drank as much as any of them, he was never responsible for any of these problems. He says he could have quit cocaine any time; you see, he doesn't have an "addictive personality," so drugs were not a problem for him. Along the way, he is an unabashed name dropper--he doesn't miss mentioning any of the great rock 'n' roll performers and bands of the day at least once, and many get repeat mentions without advancing the narrative one whit. And does he need to mention every benefit concert performed by CSN/CSNY over the years? You bet, stuff them all in. Nash glibly proclaims that since the No Nukes concerts of the early 80's, no new nuclear plants have been built in the U.S. Oh, I hadn't realized that the concerts were the reason for that. There must be about a thousand other reasons that could be cited.

Lastly, Nash spits out his no war/environmental philosophies in a bumper sticker style, substituting invective for logic. I am generally in agreement with his views, but not on the basis of the shallow reasoning he presents. Again, the absence of a strong editor is a glaring defect. The last half of the book was a slog, and I had to force myself to finish it. The e-book musical snippets are a nice feature, but Nash overreaches by jamming in far too many of them at the end to further demonstrate his musical genius. I suppose you could argue that more music and fewer words in this memoir would have been a good thing.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Wait up, Neil, I'm getting on the bus with you. 23. November 2013
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I bought this book after reading one of the more positive reviews. I am a big CSNY fan going all the way back. Mr. Nash has written some lovely songs; I only wish I could say the same about this book. Nash's beginnings, inspirations, and formation of the Hollies were interesting. His enthrallment with Crosby, the U.S., and the expected rock star descent into cocaine debauchery (and I'm no stranger to debauchery), is where I tried to find some reason to continue the book. Crosby's pathetic spiral into the toothless wonderland of crack addiction, loads and loads of 3 ways, and good ol' American gun-slinging; hell, that's all going on at your local trailer park. Only they don't get a free pass for a new liver. And how many times do we have to be told there was a sh**load of coke? OK. We get it. For a guy who met and worked with a lot of insanely talented people, there is little more than superficial information here. (And a lot of cocaine) If you absolutely MUST read this book, get it at the library. Not worth shelling out any dead presidents, and besides, Mr. Nash assures us he has a sh##load of cash, too (and he hoovered a ton of...well, you know).
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Can You Relate? 25. März 2014
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“(World War II) was half-way over but its scars were visible on every street. Salford, our neighborhood, was a pile of rubble. ...Everywhere you looked, there was total devastation. ...Salford was a ghetto, ...It was one of the worst slums in the north...We lived in a house by the corner. ...Two bedrooms for the five of us: my parents, me and my two younger sisters. One main window downstairs and an exit out the back to a tiny alleyway, where the outdoor toilet beckoned. No hot water either...”

“...No matter how much !@#$% had gone down between us, making music with (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) was too much of a temptation to resist. ...a tour was proposed for the summer of 1974 ...Everything was going to be first class. Travel was in private planes, helicopters, and limousines with police escorts. ...We stayed in huge suites at the best hotels, with the most amazing food every night: sushi, champagne, lobster, caviar, all endless. We had our own guy who supplied each of us with a gram of coke every day.”

“I was ...looking for a more suitable place to live. ...I knew just the place. In 1969, Joni (Mitchell) and I had gone to Kauai, the westernmost of the Hawaiian Islands. In 1978, I went back to Kauai with my wife, Susan.... (We were taken) up into the Wainiha Valley... There was only a funky little shack, ...not more than five hundred square feet ...rolling hills, lots of trees, plenty of privacy... There were dozens of types of fruit on the land, which came to slightly over four pristine acres. “Is there anybody else interested in this property?” I asked. Turns out one of The Beach Boys was in the process of closing a deal... The offer was for eighty grand down and payments for another 170 grand spread out over a few years. “How about I give all $250,000 immediately?” I proposed. ...For years, we lived in that tiny shack. ...And we still had the house in San Francisco and Susan’s rental on Sanborn, in L.A.”

By the time I finished reading two-thirds of Graham Nash’s autobiography “Wild Tales”, I had long passed a level of tolerance towards learning of he and his peers’ history of unceasing drug indulgences (pot, coke, H — whenever, wherever), their constant sexual escapades (whenever, wherever, whomever), along with the gross amounts of moola easily made and, just as easily, tossed aside. When the above mentioned tour was over, CSNY made $300,000 a piece but Mr. Nash still complains that the tour wasn’t a success because it grossed over 12 million which means CSNY only realized a tiny percentage from it.

Oh, boo-hoo.

The issue of how much an artist is still able to relate to his or her audience once obscenely gratuitous financial rewards and fame have entered into the frame is an historic one. Accusations of growing out of touch with their roots have been hurled at those like working-class-born Bruce Springsteen or at any one of the hundreds of ghetto rap artists, once they’ve secured a mortgage on their respective first mansions.

Despite growing up solidly middle-class myself, I found the excessive behaviors indulged by Mr. Nash and his peers, as well as their self-righteous and self-serving excuses, so juvenile that I found it difficult to continue reading, especially when I got to the part of his buying, on the spot, his getaway home in Hawaii. Sorry, but I don’t consider a construction measuring 500 square feet a “tiny shack”.

But Mr. Nash claims how he and his compatriots have been very vocal and generous in their addressing the inequities of the world. Yet, I would read of these donations of time and money and wonder, “Does this guy really have a clue? How can he, living the way he has for the past half-century?” Many times, I found his understanding of politics and people half-witted or, at best, naive.

And by the way, Mr. Nash, as far as your photography is concerned (something you claim is a passion that predates your musical career), I advise you to stick with the music.
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