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Willie Nelson by Joe Nick Patoski
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This tome is epic in length, too. It is a very thorough biography starting with Willie's first song lyrics at age 5. He began as quite the prodigy and, of course, continues making his magic now. The book follows every part of Willie's life and gives a microscopic view of life as a songwriter as well as life growing up in the rural farm life of early 20th C. Texas. If you are familiar with Austin from the '60's until now, it is a great trip down musical memory lane and the wild characters of those times. Whether or not one might be a Willie fan, you cannot help but be impressed with his passionate artistic drive to write and perform music. His humor, principles and fallibility endear the man to you. The many adventures and mis-adventures in his life compel you to keep reading. There are some tedious pages of details about performers and songs at each recording session and performance that a reader must slog through, but the book is the most complete view of all facets in the record business I've ever read. It is useful as a history book, a lesson for musicians and songwriters, and contains an amazing set of bibliography notes. Worth the time to explore and read.
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