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He’s obviously a very talented guy and has made a lot of people very happy. So I think we blew it. I don’t think we understood him. I think we need to look more carefully at these kids and not just classify them and brush ’em aside. ” Rather than for genuinely serious problems, however, David’s expulsions were usually prompted by harmless pranks—“mouthing off,” note-passing incidents, and failure to attend classes. Between the ages of fifteen and sixteen, which David refers to as “my turbulent years,” he was simply more interested in singing, getting laid, and learning about sailing than in sitting through lectures on algebra.
William Nash never fully recovered from his term in prison, and died a year later. Graham, on the road when he was notified of his father’s worsening condition, failed to make it back in time for some final words at his dying father’s bedside. To this day, that is one of Graham’s only regrets. While watching his father slip away, Graham had seen a vision of what his life was and what it might be. “I could see what it was to escape from the routine, the cycle that my father and his father had been a slave to,” Graham says.
Nash subsequently lost his job, as well, a short time later, for playing rock ’n’ roll records at the company Christmas party. But rather than join Allan at the mill, Graham took a civil service exam and got work with the post office. “It was then considered spectacularly cool to work at the post office,” says Graham. ” Of course, to Graham, his nightclub gigs with Allan were infinitely more important than his job, and he never allowed the energy he directed toward his music to wane. Nash explains, “With every job I ever had as a teenager, it caused my day to go something like this: I would get up around seven-thirty, be at work by nine, work till five, go home, get picked up by Allan and the lads, then drive anywhere from ten to a hundred miles to a gig, play three or four sets, come home at around four in the morning, go to sleep, then get up at seven-thirty and start the whole thing all over again.