Graham Nash, Founding Member Of The Hollies And Crosby, Stills & Nash, To Chronicle His Legendary Career
(June 21, 2012, New York, NY) Singer-songwriter, Graham Nash, founding member of two of the most celebrated groups in music history—the Hollies and Crosby, Stills & Nash—will recount his more than fifty years in rock and roll in a memoir scheduled for publication in Fall 2013. As yet untitled, Nash’s book will be issued simultaneously in print and digital formats by Crown Archetype, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.
In his book, Nash will provide a colorful and eye-opening look at rock music history, spanning nearly five decades and two continents. He will recount his hardscrabble childhood growing up in Salford, England, near Manchester, 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 will also describe 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.”
Nash will chronicle his 1967 relocation to Los Angeles, where he co-founded the legendary group Crosby, Stills & Nash, which ignited a sound that defined the culture and redefined American music; his relationship with Joni Mitchell during the time when they both produced their most introspective and important work; and watershed 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.
Graham Nash has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice—once with CSN and once with the Hollies. He has also been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame twice—both as a solo artist and with CSN. In 2010, he was named Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). The original IRIS 3047 digital printer of his company, Nash Editions, lives in the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution in recognition of his and Nash Editions’ revolutionary accomplishments in the world of fine arts and digital printing.
Nash has sung and played on hundreds of recordings, performed in dozens of countries, and written more than two hundred songs, including such classic hits as “Carrie Ann,” “On a Carousel,” “Teach Your Children,” “Our House,” “Marrakesh Express,” “Just a Song Before I Go,” and “Wasted on the Way.” Hardly any artist has managed to leave such a long and lasting imprint on the history of rock. He continues to tour extensively with CSN, and is currently on a seventy date tour through 2012.
“I’ve always been a storyteller,” said Nash. “During my fifty years in rock and roll, I’ve run across some incredible characters, crazy scenes, and of course wonderful music. Now it’s time to tell the whole story.”
The deal was announced today by Tina Constable, Senior Vice President, Publisher, Crown Archetype, who acquired world, audio, electronic book, and first serial rights from Jillian Manus of Manus & Associates Literary Agency. Peter Gethers, Vice President, Editor-at-Large for Random House, Inc., will edit the book.
Said Gethers, “As someone who saw Crosby, Stills and Nash at the Forum in L.A., in 1973, I am thrilled to work with one of the true giants of the rock world. Graham’s book is going to surprise and enthrall a lot of people with its insight, humor, and thrillingly entertaining story.”
The parent company of Random House, Inc. is Bertelsmann AG.