Sunday, January 4, 2015
My first book completed in 2015 is Wild Tales by Graham Nash.
Typical of a rock and roll star, he talks about sex, drugs, and rock and roll. WARNING: If you're not into reading curse words (particularly the F word), find another book.
I like reading books like this, although sometimes I get lost in the details. It helps me realize my parents grew up in this culture. I really enjoyed seeing his perspective on life. As a school dropout, he's done pretty well for himself and goes to show that education is not always best in schools. His artist personality is appealing, since he does more than just sing.
"[CSN had] been together for practically ten years, through our unstable twenties, in the spotlight for all that time. All three of us were complicated, intense, headstrong, talented, unpredictable -- qualities that came with risks. Add money, women, drugs, and alcohol to the mix, it's a wonder we weren't in high-security lockdown. No question CSN was a rocky marriage" (251).
I like that Nash shares the good, the bad, and the ugly.
"To this day, a camera is never far from my reach. I get such a unique perspective looking at the world through a lens, an outlook that has captivated me all of my life... It has taught me to become more aware of my surroundings to see the beauty that exists around us all the time, to appreciate all forms of imagery. I'm amazed anew every time I look through a lens" (338).
I've never seen so many famous people's names in one book. While I would chalk it up to name-dropping, it was actually HIS LIFE... and HIS PEOPLE! Wow. To be among the first rock and rollers -- to hang out with Jimi, the Beatles, the Everly Brothers, Joni and more... AND the fact that he gave money to a few of his son's friends to keep going in the music business... Thank God because they turned into Maroon 5!
At 72 years old, he is still rockin' out -- and looks great. Check out this youtube clip to see him just last year (note: I haven't watched it all yet, so I cannot vouch for it, but he looks great).
Now I just need to find time to go to the National Museum of American History where I can see his photography equipment/prints! YEA!
A little over a year ago, I read Neil Young's autobiography. Halfway through learning about the lives of CSNY members... Now I need to figure out if Stills or Croz have autobiographies.
I reviewed this book for WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers Blogging for Books. I received this book for free in exchange for a review of the book.