- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (May 17, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316403547
- ISBN-13: 978-0316403542
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,108 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's a Long Story: My Life Paperback – May 17, 2016
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"A smooth-spoken recollection of the country legend's childhood and his eight-decade-long musical career.... Just like this book -- and its subject -- direct and genuine."―Mike Snider, USA Today
"Invaluable... Nelson writes the way he sings and plays guitar--with conversational ease and grace."―James Reed, The Boston Globe
"Every page radiates authenticity.... Heartfelt...."―Douglas Brinkley, The Washington Post
"Endlessly entertaining.... Readers of It's a Long Story will finally get the sense that Nelson is sitting before them spilling everything he can remember.... It's a wonderful thing if you love ol' Willie -- and who doesn't? ... Nelson has spent decades on the road building this story -- do yourself a favor and take a day or two to read it."―Hunter Hauk, Dallas Morning News
"Brims with affectionate reminiscences of Nelson's childhood and semi-wayward youth, his turbulent marriages and career zigzags. And of course his raison d'être, music."―Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
A "breezy new autobiography... His voice as a writer, as in song, is warm, generous and good-timey."―James Sullivan, San Francisco Chronicle
"Nelson offers a warm, friendly, and a deeply reflective glimpse behind the making of most of his albums as well as behind-the-scenes looks at some of his best-known hits.... Reading Nelson's narrative is like sitting on the front porch chatting with an old friend."―Publishers Weekly
A "candid, heartfelt memoir.... In a plainspoken, conversational tone reminiscent of his singing voice."―Dave Shiflett, Wall Street Journal
"The closing chapters are reflective and heartfelt--part musical and part personal--and they nicely bookend Nelson's admirable attempt to recount his 'long story.'"―Andrew Dansby, The Houston Chronicle
"One of the original 'outlaw' country singers puts it all on the line with this bawdy and moving tale of his extraordinary life."―Allen Pierleoni, The Sacramento Bee
About the Author
Willie Nelson is an American country music singer-songwriter, as well as an author, poet, actor, and activist. He was inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993.
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This gem was exactly what I was hoping for. It was still replete with little asides that he might murmur in a concert but they weren't peppered in each paragraph. His love of Sister Bobbie, his honesty with his former wives, his respect and his simple way of thinking that makes perfect sense was the Tao of Willie. I loved this. I love his love.
He champions marijuana. No surprises. He has had tumultuous personal relationships and marriages. No surprises. It is evident through his music that there is an overall sense of sadness and depression in his life. It might seem strange to note his claims that he is overall optimistic, but that also makes sense. His early career was marked by refusals of producers to support his musical style and choices. To meet these refusals with continued efforts to find musical outlets while at the same time supporting himself by working at distinctly non-musical jobs, such as a door-to-door salesman for various products indicates optimism and self-confidence.
His musical style, the storytelling style, is the story. As he details country music legends who influenced him, the reader can see that Nelson is a great synthesizer, combining all the styles he loves and adding his personal twist. That is one part of the story. Then there is the financial part with his battle at the IRS. A third story is his role as a songwriter for so many others, a role that led to many friendships such as when he wrote “Crazy” for Patsy Cline. Finally there is the story of a man with a strong sense of faith, a fair and honest man who never the less leads an exuberant bad boy lifestyle.
There are no spoilers, no surprises, this is just a pleasant read that affirms what many knew about this great singer and songwriter.
This book is an easy read and is not sugar-coated. It is no surprise that the book is peppered with coarse language. But that's pure Willie and he doesn't much care if it offends. Yes, this is Willie Nelson telling the story of his life, and he doesn't hold back. I've already loaned my copy to my friend who is a Willie fan. He's half-way through and says it is a fascinating story. If you're not a Willie Nelson fan, read the book and you will gain a whole new respect for this man who refused to quit following his dream.
Although I am a product tester/reviewer and am fortunate to receive many products at a discount (or sometimes free) in exchange for my HONEST and UNBIASED opinion, this was a product purchase that I made at the same full price anyone could have purchased it. Either way, it doesn't make any difference because I ALWAYS pretest every product prior to writing a review. I am free to write whatever I believe to be true, whether negative or positive. This is my true story and my honest opinion.