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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.

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
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.

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September 4, 2014

Pretentious and self-absorbed drivel
Pretentious, self-absorbed drivel. Only Nash himself and perhaps Crosby are fairly treated. It was so boring that I didn't even finish it

June 26, 2018

For CS&N Lovers (Only)
This is an easy book to buzz through because it's so superficial. Everyone in it is mostly happy and productive despite massive drug and alcohol use...except, eventually, David Crosby. Even Nash couldn't gloss over Crosby's body sores or his incarceration in Texas on drug and weapons charges. And let me tell you, that part of the book should scare anybody straight.

Nash does write entertainingly of his life and music. He's clearly impressed with his considerable talents which, he says, include photography and fine art printing. He doesn't fail at much, by his own reporting. Though likeable throughout, Nash is definitely humility-free.

I was disturbed by the shallow way Nash treats his famous relationship with Joni Mitchell. He's very generous with praise for her talent, calling her a "genius" to whom he's no equal. He stresses their cozy domestic bliss (memorialized in "Our House"). So it's inexplicable when a sentence suddenly pops up to say "I am afraid I have given my heart too soon." He moves out on her and on to the next woman without much explanation. Mitchell's version in the biography "Reckless Daughter" makes clear Nash devastated her by his abrupt departure. In his tale of the relationship he's almost, but not quite, guilt-free.

Less disturbing and more entertaining are Nash's stories about Neil Young who comes across as very talented but sly and disloyal. Nash reveals he alone disapproved the Young addition to Crosby, Stills & Nash though he grudgingly admits it gave the group a desirable "dark edge." Nash then makes it clear that he thinks dark edges are overrated.

Surprisingly Nash ends the book by stating that neither Crosby, Stills & Nash nor CSN&Y ever formally broke up so both bands continue to exist with the possibility they may one day play together again. And who wouldn't love to hear them? Melting harmonies, memorable songs.

October 22, 2016

I am tired of Rock stars stories of how great they are. We know, that's why we listen. About 2/3 through I started skimming, I had enough. Nash is ok, he was good, his story could have said more in part and less in others. I am not interested in how the ladies were on the road. Would have liked a bit more about Joni, would have liked more about working together with the ego's of Stills and Neil. All in all it is just 1 more Rock & Roller bragging. I think I will stick with biographies in the future. That is my advise after reading far too many of these that are all the same.

July 6, 2015

A complete ungrateful INGRATE!
Mr. Nash seems to forget that he has made the majority of his money in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and that he wouldn't of been so well known if he hadn't flown across the Atlantic ocean to the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA to sing with the crypt keeper himself, David Crosby. How dare he continually bash the country that has helped him acquire considerable wealth & luxury. He is an arrogant pr*ck, who is completely living in a fantasy land. Hey, how come he doesn't go live in South Central LA, or some other poor neighborhood that he whines about in the book? No, he is the breed of Hollywood liberal that bitch & moan about how the poor black man has suffered under racist, rich white people all the while he sits on his skinny a$$ from his music room in the canyons of one of the richest neighborhoods in Los Angeles or from his vacation home in Hawaii. He should be kissing America's a*s for giving him the opportunity to live such a life of luxury. I am very disappointed that this guy turned out to be such an arrogant pr*ck. How many times in the book could he convince the reader that he is so talented? It got old after a while, along with his ridiculous, unrealistic politics. If Mr. Nash ever decides to sell his multiple homes throughout California & Hawaii, give all his money to charities and go live in the poorest, blackest neighborhood in LA, then, maybe I will respect him, but until then, I will think of him as just another liberal douche, sitting up in his gated mansion, bitching about how horrible rich people are, even though rich people are the only ones who can afford to buy a ticket to his overpriced, stupid concerts! A pure ingrate!

December 17, 2016

Great reading from Graham.
This is a great read! Graham Nash takes you on a journey through the early years from Rock-n-roll to Rock and the history is amazing; both his personal history and the history of the industry. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

November 23, 2016

Started strong, with the history of the founding of ...
Started strong, with the history of the founding of the Hollies and CSN. The first 30% of the book was truly enjoyable. From there it devolved into repetitive preening, self-congratulating dreck. Nash's ego knows no bounds, apparently. Virtually everyone around him has enormous character flaws and personality disorders. Naturally, he suffers from none of it; he's merely pursuing excellence in his music. That's how he can breezily describe taking a drug-addled David Crosby - along with his free-base pipe - on the road to promote their recordings (the ones he heroically salvaged by masterful studio mixing).

Save yourself. Avoid the book...

October 14, 2017

What a long, strange trip it's been!
The VERY first outdoor concert I went to was at Mile High Stadium in Denver. I saw Jesse Colin Young and the Beach Boys. And then, the headliners stepped onto the stage. That began a lifetime love affair with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. It was 1973. I was 15.
Reading this book was an eye-opener for me. Mr. Nash let it all fly in his book and I found it to be quite a story. A story worth publishing and a story definitely worth reading.
From his early years in North England through his life in California to the present time as a revered True Rock-n-Roll legend, somehow his memories of the how, the why and all of that wonderful music he is personally responsible for is crystal clear. Mr. Nash, you have a unique and wonderful way of telling a story. Thank you for a lifetime of truly great music and this truly great read.

June 16, 2015

Um... Don't quit your day job, Graham
Briefly, I agree with an earlier customer's review that, succinctly put, suggested some major editing by a professional, would've resulted in a much better read. Had this been written by a 25 yr old with a high school education, I might have deemed it a reasonable effort. Sadly, I hoped for a smidgen of insight, and a thimble full of thought-provoking content. In vain, it would seem. Graham would do well to read more, and have an occasional nice, hot steaming cup of 'get over himself'...

August 23, 2017

Graham Nash--A Class Act for Decades!
Seemingly one of the most lucid accounts of two great bands in the 60s & 70s--The Hollies and CS&N(Y). Well-written and nicely paced, Graham recounts his years from childhood through to his years of stardom, and now as an emeritus member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Insightful background as how songs, albums and album covers came to be created.
I really enjoyed Nash's temporary display at Cleveland's Rock Hall that I had the good fortune to visit in July 2016, which prompted me to finally spring for his book to get the full story on this masterful musician. I was not disappointed! His background stories give new meaning to me for his fine body of work through the years. Love that he's such a Buddy Holly fan, as am I.
I wish I could find the photo of me taken with him at a CS&N concert in the mid-80s. I got invited backstage and onto Stephen Stills' bus, after meeting Graham for a brief interview for my radio station--he was so gracious and accommodating. I was so naive--no idea how much drugs there must've been around there!

December 3, 2014

Prolific and Terrific
Graham Nash tells his story succinctly, focusing candidly on his simple take on his profound love for the music and his lengthy career first with the Hollies and then with Crosby, Stills, Nash and sometimes Young. The Kindle version includes many audio files of his songs in short clips which were an unexpected and delightful listen while reading. His sensitive portrayal of his loves, his band mates and his family give us peak into what it was really like to travel through the years, the song writing, and the ups and downs of a career that spans nearly 5 decades. He seems especially grateful to having been given a platform to promote philanthropy on a variety of political and ecological world issues. He was especially revealing about his coming to America, relationship with Joni Mitchell and his friends, managers, crew members, other musicians and supporters along the way. One can tell he has a deep respect for those that helped him build such a grand career. His unabiding love for his long-time wife, Susan Sennet and his 3 children is an inspiration. He treats the drug culture that he partook in with a matter-of-factness that includes the pain and anguish of watching David Crosby struggle with addiction and recovery and the profound affect it had on him personally, on the music and the band. This was one of my favorite rock and roll biographies that seemed in-tune with, and authentic to the vibe and music that CSN and CSNY produced, that was the backdrop for my teen years! Less gossipy than most books of this nature, Graham Nash is not only a superlative song-writer extraordinaire but we find him to be an artist, painter, sculptor, technology inventor and humanitarian. What a great bio. Well done Mr. Nash!

June 6, 2015

I have been reading this great book. it has taken me back over my ...
I have been reading this great book. it has taken me back over my lifetime of music and time I have witnessed. Really digging the freedom and exuberance and the youth and the revolution of it all. Loved the history of the music - had to go back and listen to it all. I am going to finish reading it but I got to say. Nash failed to learn much about America and freedom. He is still a provincial socialist boy from the UK. He did what he wanted and lived an horrendously excellent life of freedom and excitement. Throughout the book he constantly recommends and lauds soulless humanity crushing individual destroying milk toast socialism as the best course of action. So before I forgot I wanted to write this down and say Fork You Nash you sell out turd. Oh and shut up and play because your politics are just stupid and lame. And I kind of feel sorry for him. But otherwise rock on!

April 15, 2018

including plenty of good details about an up and coming pop artist in ...
It's interesting and all, but after reading the entire thing a few impressions stuck with me. One, they smoked a lot of pot. No big surprise. Two, he's talking about his friends and seems to pull his punches, staying clear of anything too shocking. Three, they smoked a lot of pot. Graham's early life was quite interesting however, including plenty of good details about an up and coming pop artist in England.

July 28, 2017

Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life
Loved this book! Not only is Graham Nash a fantastic musician and photographer, but he can write! He captured the essence of the rock n' roll scene
in England when it was heating up, pre-Beatles & Hollies era. He let us into his head to experience what most musicians probably went through at the time. I loved the Hollies, CSN, CSN & Y , his solo stuff
and duo with David Crosby. Will have to read it again to get it all, there was so much to absorb!

July 21, 2017

CSNY have amazing harmonies and it is the only band to have ...
CSNY have amazing harmonies and it is the only band to have all members be inducted to the Rock and Roll hall of fame in two different bands for every band member. Graham starts off pretty innocently with the Hollies then dumps his wife to lead a life of debauchery with David Crosby in particular. I did not realize at CSN/CSNY's first two albums were made in 1969 - again amazing.

What I did not like was Graham's left wing politics. He should have muted that down. But really being part of the nasty Occupy Wall Street and saying GW Bush was worst president ever. Then hangs with gropping Bill and his ubber corrupt wife #Killery as great role models. Add that he was a huge Obama supporter - now I would agree that O was the worst of all time.

In the end it is a lot of bragging but seems like it is getting diet and health advice from David Crosby. Stick to what you know. Read the first 70 percent of the book and then stop. That would raise the books rating to a 4.

April 17, 2017

at best, "shallow and self-serving
To quote David Crosby, this book is, at best, "shallow and self-serving." To say that Graham Nash suffers from extreme narcissism is an understatement.

December 17, 2016

Another self absorbed rock star.
Graham Nash's "Wild Tales" is pretty much a rehash of every other rock musician autobiography out there with the exception of his superiority complex. See if this sounds familiar, Poor kid finds music, forms band, gets breaks, becomes famous, overindulges in sex and drugs, nearly destroys career, watches friends sink into oblivion, finds muse, recovers, saves world. What makes this one particularly indigestible is his condescending superior attitude, he is the only well informed musician and it is his task in life to carry his liberal leftist message to the masses, he alone can save the planet from the the evil empire (that made him rich BTW). He alone understands the precarious nature of our ecological balance, he alone understands the consequences of nuclear energy and he alone can translate that message to the unwashed masses, Graham, get over yourself! Just once pose this question to yourself: What if I'm wrong, what if someone else has a valid argument, what if I'm NOT the smartest guy in the world?

February 24, 2018

A bit on the self-indulgent side
I grew weary of being told how this star had it more together than his mates. How he was the only one who wasn’t an addict or nut-case.

December 6, 2017

I recommend this book for any fans of CSN(Y)
An autobiography of an interesting dude. I recommend this book for any fans of CSN(Y). Those dudes lead a crazy life. Nash comes across as a bit full of himself - he's aware he's a genius and he likes to talk about how good he is at everything. But still a great read.

November 4, 2018

Graham Nash, The Hollies, and CSNY
In this book Graham Nash writes about more than his life. He writes about his legendary musical partners from Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. Lots of stories and musical history there!
Another intriguing aspect of this book is Mr. Nash's connection with The Hollies. There really isn't much available about that band. This is the first book I have found with any history about The Hollies. I wondered why Graham Nash left that band and he answers that question candidly in his book.
There are lots of photos in the book.
Mr. Nash writes about some of the women in his life. The early musical influences and some of his contemporaries.
More than anything else, this book is one that "reads fast." It's written well and it's entertaining.

June 28, 2019

Graham Nash is a stoned MEGLOMANIAC! Dull read
Very little beyond the dopey troubles of CSN & CSNY and all that MONEY they made! Holy cow! How can three guys go thru such enormous success STONED and CRANKED all the time? Personally, to live life stoned on weed is a waste of time and everyone who has ever bounced around Hollywood with a buzz knows it's a big waste of time. I wonder how they would have done with the Chateau Marmont and Laurel Canyon had they been sober and in touch with reality?? Sorry Mr Nash but you boys made nice music but not as GREAT as you claim in this book. There's nothing like clarity of mind pal....

April 29, 2017

Well Written and Insightful
The chronological story of Graham Nash's life and career through the Hollies, CSN, and CSNY is colorfully told and gives you a truthful account of his life through the hippie years to the present. I read an article that said that David Crosby read Nash's book and disagreed with some of the accounts, but everybody has their own perspective in any given situation and may remember experiences in a totally different way. Some people walk away with a rich lesson learned, while some people don't give it another thought. Given that the two of them are no longer on friendly terms, gives this story a new twist. Of course, their falling out happened after this book was published, along with Nash divorcing his wife a couple of years later as well. Hard to believe after reading his praise of her at the end of this book. But life goes on ... I find this book well-written and insightful.

December 6, 2017

I can't stop loving myself
Really wanted to enjoy this book since I grew up on CSNY but reading this book was like watching Mr. Nash masturbate. He found a way to somehow take credit for everything he or anybody else in his life accomplished and he's mastered the humble brag. He should read Keith Richards' book to see how a talented musician should express and review himself.

July 1, 2016

Poorly written story of a no talent egomaniac.
Nash should be ashamed of this boring account of a mediocre musician and his blatant envy of the real talents of his time.

May 13, 2016

what a radical blow hard
Mr. Nash should pack up and move back to England.

February 22, 2016

The Mike Love of Crosby Stills Nash & Young.
A very lucky man. In the right place at the right time, he strikes me as the Mike Love of Crosby Stills Nash & Young.

His ego knows no bounds ...

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