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Willie: An Autobiography

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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)
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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
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
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 Of course it's very out of date, with 24 years having past since the release of the ...more
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.
Sep 18, 2015 Dean rated it liked it
I liked this old autobiography.
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.
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.
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.
Christophe Murdock
A lot of great stories. Willie tells it like it is and doesn't pull his punches.
Dec 09, 2011 David rated it really liked it
Good book. I know now why my brother in law (RIP) loved him so much! CRAZY!
Aug 17, 2012 Annette rated it really liked it
great insight to Willie, but only if you're a true fan.
Sep 06, 2007 Kevin rated it really liked it
Great autobiography told from a good hearted person.
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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
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