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5.0 out of 5 stars gripping and wild, 28 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life (Hardcover)
As one would suspect from a superb songwriter and photographer this a work of quality written in an easy but literary style. Funny but also profound when that is needed.

A rather amazing tale of a guy born and raised in utter poverty in postwar UK and then realizing his teenage dream and more with The Hollies before being turned on by the likes of David Crosby and Mama Cass to mindexpanding drugs and the hippie lifestyle.

We get the intimate story of his failed love relationship to Joni Mitchell, the wild and crazy times surronded by lots of gorgous and willing girls, the snorting of insane amounts of coke and the total downfall of Crosby in the 80s. And some interesting reflections on Neil Young and his erratic, selfish behavior that might unsettle some fans of St. Neil. On the other hand he paints a lot more sympathetic pic of Stills than Crosby does in his two autobiographical books.

The only problem is that book is too short, the time from Crosby's return from jail up to now being very fragmentarily dealt with. As if albums like "Live It Up", "After The Storm", "Looking Forward" did not exist not to mention the brilliant Crosby and Nash.

All in all a wonderful book and not only a must-have for CSN(Y) fans but for everyone reflecting on the rock life, the enviroment and the muse of pure Music.
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Initial post: 28 Sep 2013 15:17:35 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Sep 2013 15:18:54 BDT
Good point but the less said about Looking Forward & Live It Up the best. We have heard all these stories before. You're right, ole St Neil comes across as petulant & moody even though Nash excuses him as he's always following his muse! Nash gets lost in its all about the music....in the last 40 years he's releases 3 solo records, 3 very good CN records and 2 shocking CSNY records. Graham where's all these songs you mention? As a photographer i was disappointed with the number & quality of the photos. We now need the Stills book with the same indulgent tales.
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