It's A Long Story

It's A Long Story

My Life

Large Print - 2015
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One of the most beloved popular musicians of our time tells the story of his extraordinary life.

This is Willie Nelson's complete, unvarnished story, told in his voice and leaving no significant moment or experience untold, from Texas, Nashville, Hawaii, and beyond. Having recently turned 80, Nelson is ready to shine a light on all aspects of his life, including his drive to write music, the women in his life, his collaborations, and his biggest lows and highs--from his bankruptcy to the founding of Farm Aid.

An American icon who still tours constantly and headlines music festivals, Willie Nelson and his music have found their way into the hearts and minds of fans the world over, winning ten Grammys and receiving Kennedy Center Honors. Now it's time to hear the last word about his life -- from the man himself.
"Every page radiates authenticity." -- Washington Post
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
Edition: Large print edition First edition.
ISBN: 9780316339315
Branch Call Number: 782.421642092 23
B N3382IA
Characteristics: viii, 451 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Ritz, David - Author
Alternative Title: It is a long story


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The iconic Country Music Hall of Fame artist and 10-time Grammy winner shares the story of his personal life and career, from his early ambitions and indelible relationships through his bankruptcy and founding of Farm Aid.

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Dec 21, 2018

I enjoyed this autobiography. I am a Willie Nelson fan. He has written and performed some of the greatest country songs ever - like "Crazy". I especially of his renditions of classic songs that are not country like "Stardust" and "Someone to Watch Over Me". He brings a unique voice and phrasing to great old songs. He seems to be very honest about his failings as well as his success. I enjoyed some hours with Willie and recommend the book. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Aug 02, 2018

Nelson's life is amazing in itself and the narrative doesn't need to add much more, but it does make clear his love and humor. He is true to his country roots while unafraid to try almost anything ( love the recounting of his smoking a joint in the White House- not many could so claim) and combines an irascible sense of adventure with a deep kindness and sympathy for friends and us mortals.

Jul 05, 2018

Reading this book is like sitting down and hanging out with Willie Nelson and listening to him spin tales about his life. I have no idea how factual or historically accurate it is, but Willie’s love of music, family and people are the main themes. He admits to all the mistakes he’s made in his life and recounts some crazy adventures over the years.

I have been a casual fan all of my life, and it was fascinating to hear about the origins of many of my favorite songs. And I had no idea that Willie Nelson first had a career as a songwriter and also penned many of the classics I love that were sung by other artists, such as Patsy Cline’s “Crazy”.

Oct 16, 2017

Willie's music is way better than either his acting or this autobiography.

Sep 14, 2017

An amazing autobiography. I find many autobiographies not only boring, but terribly written. That was not the case here. Willie tells his story wonderfully. I read this book so fast because I was so into it. I respect him way more than I did before. Please read this book if you think Willie Nelson is just that "pothead country dude" because he is so much more than that. He has been in many movies, has written multiple books, has so many famous friends, and has had many crazy life experiences!! He definitely doesn't just sit around getting high LOL

Jul 27, 2016

Fantastic read. Willie has definitely done it all. His memory is astonishing as I was impressed by the detail he went into. Always appreciated Willie but now have a much deeper and thorough understanding.

I love an autobiography and I love Willie Nelson so was immediately drawn to this pick. It's been fascinating to learn more about this Texas icon, his upbringing in Texas towns, and his impact on Texas music and culture -- two of my favorite things. Recommended by Lisa

Nov 22, 2015

OK book. Maybe more suitable for his fans. He doesn't say much personal info. Just basically tells about which producers and singers he worked with, and which wives and children he had, and how often he moved his home.

Oct 12, 2015

I've been a "Wooly" (my nephew's childhood pronunciation") for 45+ years but I had a much different idea about him. He's such a character and definitely his own self that you just have to laugh off his wild behavior. I don't care for country music but I'll listen to him all day, especially with his partners in crime: Bobbie Nelson, Leon Russell, Waylon Jennings, JJ Cale, Eric Clapton and so many others.

trukerdon Oct 07, 2015

Great book about Willies life thru fame and fortune and heartache to his troubles with being busted for drugs and dealings with IRS. Truly a well written book about his life

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