Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Willie: An Autobiography” as Want to Read:
Willie: An Autobiography
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Willie: An Autobiography

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  162 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Willie Nelson is more than just a singer whose albums have captures this country's imagination for more than thirty years: he is the nearest thing we have to the poet laureate of America's heart and the heartland. Told with frankness, warmth and earthy humor, here is Willie's story: his depression ere childhood; his stormy marriages; his will experiences with drugs, booze ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 29th 2000 by Cooper Square Publishers (first published October 1st 1988)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Willie, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Willie

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
East Bay J
Sep 26, 2007 East Bay J rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Willie's fans and faithful
Shelves: music-bios
I just dig Willie Nelson. I don’t have a lot of his records and I’m no expert on the man but he always struck me as an alright guy. The kind of guy it would be a real pleasure to hang out with. He’s always stood out in my mind as a truly great lyricist. “Time Of The Preacher” comes to mind right away as a set of lyrics that hit me hard and really stayed with me. The man was friendly with two of my other heroes, Roger Miller and Johnny Cash. His support of and open use of marijuana is something I ...more
Charles
Jan 22, 2012 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's a man who found something he wanted to do and just did it. There will be no retirement for Willie Nelson. As I heard him say in an American Masters program on PBS, what would I do in retirement? Play more golf? There's nothing he's waiting to do that he isn't already doing right now.

The book is an account of his life up to 1988. That takes us through his first three wives and his better known albums. It's time enough to see that Willie is not a moral giant, but he a reflective fellow and
...more
Garrett Cash
"Willie" is in a more "stories about Willie and what he thinks" form than an actual narrative of his life ala Bob Dylan's Chronicle Vol. 1. There are other books that give the cohesive timeline and life stories, but this one offers some great tales from the mouth of Willie and his peers. The focus of the book seems to be off many times, going into subjects like golf or astrology that are off topic to the reader. Of course it's very out of date, with 24 years having past since the release of the ...more
Megan
I have always been a fan of Willie's music. Now I am a huge fan of Willie himself :) An easy read & incredibly entertaining. You don't have to be a fan of Willie's music or even country music to enjoy this book.
Christophe Murdock
A lot of great stories. Willie tells it like it is and doesn't pull his punches.
Dean
Aug 23, 2015 Dean rated it liked it
I liked this old autobiography.
Annette
Aug 17, 2012 Annette rated it really liked it
great insight to Willie, but only if you're a true fan.
Mike
May 20, 2011 Mike rated it liked it
Willie seems to always play the straight man, but his sense of humor is immense.Kind of rambling,like Willie.I rate him up with people like Strummer and Cash.
Brandon
Dec 21, 2015 Brandon rated it it was amazing
Willie Nelson seems like both a larger than life figure and the most down-to-earth guy in the world.
David
Nov 29, 2011 David rated it really liked it
Good book. I know now why my brother in law (RIP) loved him so much! CRAZY!
Molly Dearth
Feb 11, 2008 Molly Dearth rated it it was amazing
This is on my to-read list and I don't even own a copy, but I'm giving it 5 stars. Because it is Willie Nelson's autobiography and it has to be better than The Tao of Willie.
Kevin
Sep 06, 2007 Kevin rated it really liked it
Great autobiography told from a good hearted person.
Daisy
Daisy rated it it was amazing
Apr 02, 2011
Stephen Hargrove
Stephen Hargrove rated it really liked it
Mar 06, 2009
Sharon
Sharon rated it liked it
May 22, 2017
Travis McClain
Travis McClain rated it it was amazing
May 27, 2010
MEF
MEF rated it liked it
Apr 29, 2015
Middlethought
Middlethought rated it it was amazing
Jun 22, 2017
William Overman
William Overman rated it really liked it
Jan 08, 2015
Chris
Chris rated it really liked it
Jan 12, 2010
Connie
Connie rated it really liked it
Apr 05, 2014
Skip Heller
Skip Heller rated it really liked it
Mar 12, 2012
Erika Beasley
Erika Beasley rated it really liked it
Jul 14, 2013
Dave Wright
Dave Wright rated it it was amazing
Apr 12, 2008
Teddie
Teddie rated it it was ok
Feb 13, 2011
Ted Wight
Ted Wight rated it really liked it
Oct 14, 2014
Michelle Minton
Michelle Minton rated it it was amazing
Oct 29, 2015
Julie
Julie rated it liked it
Apr 17, 2009
Kate
Kate rated it it was amazing
Jan 19, 2014
Michelle Gurr
Michelle Gurr rated it really liked it
Jan 08, 2012
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Waylon: An Autobiography
  • Man of Constant Sorrow: My Life and Times
  • Outlaw: Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and the Renegades of Nashville
  • Lovesick Blues: The Life of Hank Williams
  • And a Voice to Sing With
  • The Jack Bank: A Memoir of a South African Childhood
  • About What Was Lost: Twenty Writers on Miscarriage, Healing, and Hope
  • Letters from Nuremberg: My Father's Narrative of a Quest for Justice
  • Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams - The Early Years 1903 - 1940
  • Merle Haggard's My House of Memories: For the Record
  • Texas Hold 'Em: How I Was Born in a Manger, Died in the Saddle, and Came Back as a Horny Toad
  • Yossarian Slept Here: When Joseph Heller Was Dad, the Apthorp Was Home, and Life Was a Catch-22
  • Taylor Swift - Guitar Chord Songbook (Guitar Chord Songbooks)
  • Thanks for the Memories, Mr. President: Wit and Wisdom from the Front Row at the White House
  • Ernie's War: The Best of Ernie Pyle's World War II Dispatches
  • David Brinkley
  • Into the Rising Sun: In Their Own Words, World War II's Pacific Veterans Reveal the Heart of Combat
  • American Band: Music, Dreams, and Coming of Age in the Heartland
32577
Willie Hugh Nelson is an American singer-songwriter and actor. He is widely regarded as one of the most beloved and notorious country music singers. He reached his greatest fame during the so-called "outlaw country" movement of the 1970s, but remains iconic, especially in American popular culture. In recent years he has continued to tour, record, and perform, and this, combined with activities in ...more
More about Willie Nelson...

Share This Book



“Deep breathing at an open window is a wonderful thing unless you live in Los Angeles or down the block from an asbestos plant. Everybody knows that filling your lungs with oxygen is good, but not many people do it. It’s like most of the choices you have in life. You know inside what is right. Whether you do it is up to you.” 1 likes
More quotes…