In Wild Tales, Graham Nash delivers a candid look back at his remarkable career
A rock and roll life
- Imprint: Crown Archetype
- On sale: September 17, 2013
- Price: $28.00
- Pages: 368
- ISBN: 9780385347549
In his long-awaited autobiography, Graham Nash—legendary singer-songwriter and founding member of the iconic bands Crosby, Stills & Nash and the Hollies—delivers an engrossing, no-holds-barred look back at his remarkable career and the music that defined a generation.
As a founding member of the Hollies and Crosby, Stills & Nash, Graham Nash’s music defined a generation and helped shape the history of rock and roll. He’s written more than two hundred songs, including classic hits such as “Carrie Anne,” “On a Carousel,” “Simple Man,” “Our House,” “Marrakesh Express,” and “Teach Your Children,” and he is a two-time inductee into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. From the opening salvos of the British rock revolution to the last shudders of Woodstock, Nash has rock and rolled wherever music mattered. It’s a rare artist who has managed to leave such a long and lasting imprint on the history of rock, and he continues to tour extensively with CSN, Crosby & Nash, and as a solo artist. Now, with WILD TALES: A Rock & Roll Life (Crown Archetype; September 17, 2013), Nash is ready to tell his story.
Insightful and candid, WILD TALES provides a colorful and eye-opening look at rock-music history and a prolific career that has spanned five decades and two continents. Nash recounts his hardscrabble childhood growing up in Salford, England, including how he discovered at the age of thirteen that music was his calling and left school three years later with nothing more than his parents’ blessing, a cheap Harmony guitar, and the desire to make music. He describes how he became one of the most popular acts of the British Invasion as a founding member of the Hollies, a group known for its distinctive vocal harmony style and hits such as “Just One Look” and “Here I Go Again.” He chronicles his 1967 relocation to Los Angeles, where he cofounded the legendary group Crosby, Stills & Nash, which ignited a sound that defined the culture and redefined American music. He writes tenderly of his relationship with Joni Mitchell during a time when they both produced their most introspective and significant work, and he reflects on watershed cultural moments such as the trial of the Chicago Seven, the Summer of Love, Woodstock, the historic No Nukes concert, and the dismantling of the Berlin Wall, which he played on top of as it came down.
From London to Laurel Canyon and beyond, WILD TALES is a revealing look back at the extraordinary life of a celebrated artist—with all the highs and lows; the love, the sex, and the jealousy; the politics; the drugs; and the insanity of a magical era of music. Nash pulls no punches when writing about himself or the myriad of famous personalities he’s encountered, worked with, played with, and loved, and it’s that unique combination of star power, openness, and storytelling that elevates this particular tome above the myriad of rock memoirs published in recent memory. Reflective, intelligent, and wildly entertaining, WILD TALES: A Rock & Roll Life belongs on the reading list of every rock fan.