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Willie Nelson: An Epic Life

by Joe Nick Patoski

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This is a comprehensive and well writen account of Wlillie's life and music. Despite all the names, dates, and other data , the book's narrative drive kept me reading. Moreover, despite his drug abuse and serial marital infidelities, Willie emerges as an extremely likeable, albeit, flawed person. He is a true American original. ( )
  nemoman | Jul 18, 2008 |
LOVED IT, LEARNED SO MUCH MORE ABOUT WILLIE AND THE KIND OF PERSON HE IS. I HAVE BEEN A WILLIE FAN FOR 40+ YEARS, BUT REALLY FEEL LIKE I GOT TO KNOW HIM ON A PERSONAL LEVEL THROUGH THIS BOOK ( )
  bossmare92 | Jun 26, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316017787, Hardcover)

From his first performance at age four, Willie Nelson was driven to make music and live life on his own terms. But though he is a songwriter of exceptional depth - "Crazy" was one of his early classics - Willie only found success after abandoning Nashville and moving to Austin, Texas.

Red Headed Stranger made country cool to a new generation of fans. Wanted: The Outlaws became the first country album to sell a million copies. And "On the Road Again" became the anthem for Americans on the move. A craggy-faced, pot-smoking philosopher, Willie Nelson is one of America's great iconoclasts and idols.

Now Joe Nick Patoski draws on over 100 interviews with Willie and his family, band, and friends to tell Nelson's story, from humble Depression-era roots, to his musical education in Texas honky-tonks and his flirtations with whiskey, women, and weed; from his triumph with #1 hit "Always On My Mind" to his nearly career-ending battles with debt and the IRS; and his ultimate redemption and ascension to American hero

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"Willie Nelson's music was what mattered most, through all the struggles, all the stories, and all the years. That's what has kept Willie Nelson going down that road, steady as a mountain stream, night after night. Music was the muse that took him down tough roads to work tougher gigs after a Depression-era childhood picking cotton. And music was the path for a boy who learned to play the guitar at age six, wrote his first song at seven, and established himself as a bona fide Nashville country star at age twenty-eight before he chucked it all to reinvent himself as a genre-bending music maker and Hollywood darling." "Willie Nelson has spent the last thirty-five years on that higher plane where he embodies almost as many roles as he's lived years. From country traditionalist to rock and pop influence, from Texas outlaw to national treasure, he's been a movie star, disc jockey, door-to-door encyclopedia and vacuum salesman, Zen Bubba, honky-tonk king, wizened philosopher, articulate poet, hard-core gypsy, mellow pothead, spiritual healer, unrepentant hippie, committed road dog, eager benefit fund-raiser, staunch friend of the family farmer, and champion of the common man - a true American icon."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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