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  • Crosby, Stills and Nash In Concert
    Show Date: August 14, 2012
    Venue: Verizon Theater, Grand Prairie, Texas

    There are few acts that can take several generations at once and induce a group flashback to their favorite times past like Crosby, Stills and Nash.
    And what a flashback it was.

    From the opening of the show with Carry On/Questions to the final encore tune, Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, the entire almost three hour show was chock full (twenty-five songs) of musical memories. The multi-generational, sell-out crowd seemed to thoroughly enjoy – and sometimes sing along – with every song on the set list.

    Along with the musical treasure chest of memories, the show had subtle and not so subtle riches and treats. For one, witnessing the contribution of David’s son, James, to both the musician and songwriting of the group was heartwarming on many levels. One only needs to search the internet for the story of David and James’ relationship and how it got to where it is today. It’s worth the effort of searching.

    Second, the show fell on David’s 71st birthday. While the birthday was mentioned early in the first half of the show, “Happy Birthday” wasn’t sung until the group returned to the stage and was led in the song by Graham Nash. I can only imagine what it must feel like to have that song sung to you by 6,300 of your closest and dearest friends.

    Other highlights of the show was great guitar work by Stephen Stills – especially blistering solos on Déjà Vu, and Blue Bird. There were newer and very moving songs like, Radio, written by James Crosby and the protest song, Almost Gone (The Ballad of Bradley Manning), in support of the soldier facing trial for the Wikileaks scandal.
    The audience, at times, spontaneously sang along with the iconic trio on songs like Our House, Teach Your Children and Suite: Judy Blue Eyes. What a tremendous honor – and how flattering – it must be to have thousands of people not only know and love your music but feel compelled from deep within to sing right along with you. But such is the impact that these men have had on several generations.
    It’s Boomerocity’s hope that they continue to impact us for generations to come.

  • wildtalescoverWild Tales
    Author: Graham Nash
    Publisher: Crown Archetype
    Release Date: September 17, 2013
    Review Date: February 9, 2014


    One can’t reflect on the soundtrack of the sixties and seventies without touching on a few of the over two hundred songs Graham Nash has written. I mean, think about it: The guy wrote huge hits like Marrakesh Express, Teach Your Children and Our House. Those songs (and many, many others) are still enjoying heavy air play on radio and featured in movies and TV. Now, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tells his story in Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life.

    I’ve read a lot of rock biographies and memoirs over the years. Some of them are even reviewed here on Boomerocity. Whether by Keith, Clapton or Ronnie, one thing that I’ve noticed is that the ones written from across the pond have their own unique tone, rhythm and flavor that makes them particularly engaging.

    I can now add Wild Tales to that list of very well written autobiographies. One gets the feeling while reading the book that you’re sitting with Nash as he regales you with the stories of his fabled life. The book starts at an interesting part of his life: His visit to the U.S. to meet up with his then lover: Joni Mitchell. Who he met there that night opened the door for the next huge stage of his life and career.

    The book is a treasure chest of rock and roll history. Obviously, you’ll get the inside scoop of all things Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. That’s a given. You’ll also get the scoop about how the Hollies formed as well as his interactions with a virtual who’s who of rock and roll royalty. People like the Beatles and the Stones, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Cass Elliot and others. Then, of course, there’s insight into Woodstock – both the concert and the movie/soundtrack.

    One of my favorite stories in the book is where Nash shares how he and Allan “Clarkie” Clark saw Bill Haley and the Comets in 1957. Think about it: One future Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (a double inductee, at that) watching another future Hall of Famer perform and writing about it fifty-six years later. There is something almost mystical and prophetic about that scene. You’ll just have to read the book to see what I mean.

    For business geeks like me, Wild Tales is full of glimpses into the inner workings of some historic deals. Names like Geffen, Ertegun and others are peppered throughout the book and you’ll learn how some of the deals were done. The ultimate in business porn, in my book!

    Whether you’re a casual music fan, a hard-core CSNY fan or a learned musicologist, Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life is a must-have for your personal library.

    Keep up on the latest on Graham Nash by checking out his website: www.grahamnash.com