Five decades in the music industry, 100 albums, 10 Grammys, the Kennedy Center Honors, and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Add high-profile activism for the legalisation of marijuana, the foundation of a ground-breaking philanthropic organisation, and a much-publicised personal life - Willie Nelson's is a story like no other.
Born during the great depression in 1933 and raised by his grandparents, he began singing in dance halls and Honky Tonks at the age of 13, as an escape from working as a cotton picker in the fields of Arkansas.
He went on to write some of the most popular country songs of all time, and to record some classic versions of others, including Crazy, Bring Me Sunshine, Always on my Mind and Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.
An American icon who still tours extensively and headlines music festivals, Willie Nelson and his music have found their way into the hearts and minds of fans all over the world. Now 81 years of age, Nelson leaves no experience or moment unturned as he shares the full story. From his drive to write music to the women in his life; from his collaborations to his bankruptcy to the foundation of Farm Aid; Nelson shares, in his distinct voice, soaring highs and painful lows.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 400 pages, 16pp colour pics
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 21/05/2015
- Category: Easy listening, MOR music
- ISBN: 9780751561753
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Review by mckait
Full Disclosure, I love Willie Nelson. I love the way he lives his life and the way that he makes everyone he works with, family. I love Willie's philosophy of life, and I love the way people love Willie. There was little doubt that I would like this book. I have liked everything I have read about or by Willie. The book Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die, was a beautiful tribute to Willie, and by him, for his family and friends.Among the people Willie has met, are the Dalai Lama, Hillary Clinton, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter and I think pretty much every singer who has ever sung publicly, or maybe even privately. His music is as much the story of his life as this book. His honesty should never be questioned, nore his capacity to love. His generosity is legendary .This and more, is what this book is about. Maybe you will have some of his music to play in the background wile you read, like I did. Willie's music is his poetry, his poetry is the background of his life. But first there is family, friends and God. You simply cannot read about Willie and not love him. Every decade makes him wiser and more dear. This is an honest story of his life, the good times, the bad times, the hard times and the joy and love that runs through all times.