Wild Tales by Graham Nash

Wild Tales by Graham Nash

I love autobiographies.

It’s fascinating to get a glimpse into other people’s lives: the things they did and thought, the choices they made. And I found this one, Wild Tales by Graham Nash, to be so interesting. (In case the name doesn’t mean anything to you, Graham Nash was a founder of the 60’s band the Hollies and later became part of the supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash/Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.)

I liked hearing about Graham Nash’s childhood, as it was so different than mine. He grew up poor in the north of England. When he was just a kid, his dad went to prison for a year and then things were really, really tough.

I especially loved Nash’s stories about his time with the Hollies and CSN&Y. Did you know he met his future Hollies bandmate, Allan Clarke, at the age of 6 and they became instant best friends as they bonded over their love of singing and harmonizing together. How cool is that?

After leaving the Hollies in a less than classy way (told the record producer, didn’t tell his bandmates), Nash joined CS&N. What a crazy time that was! With rampant drug use and huge egos and clashes of all kinds, it’s a wonder they were able to record so much music and give so many concerts. Actually, it’s a wonder they are all alive and (so far as I know) fully functioning.

And then there is the music.

I had such fun rediscovering the Hollies. They made some great music!  Unfortunately none is available at WPL. I inquired why not and apparently their music is no longer available to purchase.

I’ve also been listening to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young for the first time. Is it me, or are these guys maybe a little over-rated? I found some of the music to be pretty sleep-inducing. Gorgeous harmonies, yes, but I’d say the music needs more bite to it. I’m sure there are people who would disagree, maybe vehemently. If so, you can check out the library’s selection of CSN&Y CDs, as well as individual albums by David Crosby and Neil Young.

– Penny D.