Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life
It was interesting reading about Graham’s childhood. Alan Clarke became his best friend, they discovered music by singing harmony together. The Chapters about the Hollies were very good. But then Nash goes to California and decides he needs to escape his best friend, his band, his wife, and his life in England. Nash is at a crossroads, one I can understand. Everything had lined up and California can be very appealing. Crosby Stills Nash & Young is formed. The first ‘Supergroup‘ in musical history made from The Byrds (Crosby), Buffalo Springfield (Stills and Young), and The Hollies (Nash). This is followed by Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll. Only it’s more a nightmare than a catch phrase. The sex is meaningless and everyone seems to get hurt. The drugs are endless and rest of the book seems to detail Nash trying to keep Crosby alive as David converts all the money into cocaine. The band suffers as their Egos grow as massive as the piles of cocaine. I can see why Neil Young left.
Nash had other artistic interests. I was curious about his photography but he doesn’t talk about it much. We do get a lot progressive political rants. Nash’s writing is so-so. He comes across as very unlikable and even more unreliable.
Excerpts From My Kindle
Ringo didn’t change the sound of the band much, but he definitely changed the groove. Simpler and more understated than Pete Best’s style. Ringo plays a heartbeat, which is a sound I love. It’s one of the secrets of great drumming, because, in life, everything starts with the heartbeat. Your mother’s heartbeat is the very first thing you hear when you are conceived, and that sets the rhythm for the rest of your life. There’s no way around it. The heartbeat is the most important part of music if you want to connect on a personal level. And it’s very subtle: Ringo’s right foot on that kick drum. He’s an incredible drummer, one of the most underrated. And the Beatles were very lucky to get him. – location 750-755 [We both agree that Ringo Star is an underrated drummer. But not due some odd ‘heartbeat’ theory, but because Ringo’s style was inventive and his feel fit the Beatles better than any other drummer.]
[Joni Mitchell] She had a great little place, a quaint one-bedroom wooden cottage nearly as small as my Salford home but so incredibly charming. It was built in the 1930s by a black jazz musician, lots of knotty pine, creaky wooden floors, warped window sashes, mismatched carpentry. Crosby had brought Joan to Los Angeles to record a year and a half earlier, and she found the house, which cost about $40,000. She was not a rich girl at that point, so Joan used her artistic sensibility to dress that place in her inimitable style. – location 2056-2059 [Writing “Our House” – One of CSN&Y better songs and a good illustration what a lightweight Nash was. Musically, He would have done better if he’d stayed in the Hollies.]
One morning in March, while we were still working on the first CSN album, Joan and I went to breakfast at Art’s Deli on Ventura Boulevard. We’d parked the car down the street, and on the way back we passed a small antiques store that drew our attention. In the window was a vase that took her fancy, clear glass with little enamel flowers on it. – location 2332-2334 [The book is full of details like this. But they don’t go anywhere.]
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