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Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road Paperback – August 27, 2013
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“Nelson’s unmistakable voice shines through . . . funny, inspirational and bawdy, with a well-honed sense of humor.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“An irreverent, entertaining read. Humble, optimistic, and quick to give credit to those around him for contributing to his success, Nelson is a charming narrator.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Nelson takes us for a rollicking ride along the highways and byways of his long life and career in this rambunctious, hilarious, reflective, and loving memoir.” (American Songwriter)
“Compelling page-turner . . . for all his fame and accessibility, he still has so much wisdom left to share.” (Jambands.com)
“So many decades into his fabled life and career, Willie fans pretty much know what to expect from him. And he does not let his readers down with his Musings From the Road. ” (Country Music Television, Nashville Skyline blog)
From the Back Cover
You won't see no sad and teary eyes
When I get my wings, and it's my time to fly
Just call my friends and tell them
There's a party, come on by
So just roll me up and smoke me when I die
In Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die, Willie Nelson muses about his greatest influences and the things that are most important to him, and celebrates the family, friends, and colleagues who have blessed his remarkable journey. Willie riffs on everything: music, wives, Texas, politics, horses, religion, marijuana, children, the environment, poker, hogs, Nashville, karma, and more. He shares the outlaw wisdom he has acquired over eight decades, along with favorite jokes and insights from friends and others close to him. Rare family pictures, beautiful artwork created by his son Micah Nelson, and lyrics to classic songs punctuate these charming and poignant memories. Willie Nelson has touched millions, and none more deeply than his family, friends, and bandmates, several of whom share, for the first time, intimate stories about the Red Headed Stranger.
From teaching a granddaughter to play the guitar to touring with the Highwaymen, from picking cotton while growing up in Texas to being home with the tribe on Maui, Willie takes you on the tour bus and, through candid observations and vivid recollections, gives you a front-row seat to his remarkable world. But beware: "You know you shouldn't be reading this BS, it could ruin you for all time to come," he says. "You could end up a social outcast like me, an outlaw!"
At once a road journal written in his inimitable, homespun voice and a fitting tribute to America's greatest traveling bard, Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die—introduced by Kinky Friedman, another favorite son of Texas—is a deeply personal look into the heart and soul of a unique man and one of the greatest artists of our time, a songwriter and performer whose legacy will endure for generations to come.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Willie isn't as much a story writer as a music and lyrics writer. He's entertaining and enlightening and his life is most certainly eye-opening ~ but this and the Tao are very much the same book with the exception of family inserts in this one. The bottom line is that at no point in time do you every dislike anything Willie... but be prepared for his 'Dad jokes' ~ some are red hot but most... well you know.
I think I was looking for more road stories. More about the traveling bus and the places he's played. There are some tales but not enough for the shenanigans that Willie and his band mustered up. I wanted more Highwaymen and more of that brotherhood. I wanted more skin and bones and yet who is closer than his family? I wanted more Sister Bobbie because she's got that Mona Lisa smile that says it all. But I heard from the kids and from his wife and a gentle smattering of stories of the olden days.
Like so many of his readers, I have travelled many miles to go see Willie and have never been disappointed. I worked in Lake Tahoe and remember when the bus would roll into town and the band would call the friends that they had previously made and we'd all get together for some softball and smoking and backstage passes... I think I wanted those times to be immortalised. But am I being selfish? Or adding to the levity and mystery of Willie and the band?
I still have an iron-on badge given to me by the great man himself in 1976 that says that 'This gets your ass in free'. I was assured that this would also hold true for any of the Highwaymen but now I live in Australia and they just don't seem to come this way very often anymore.
I enjoyed this book. If I had read it before the Tao of Willie, I would have enjoyed it even more but this one almost seemed like an epilogue to that one. Still, I would never say no to a yarn from Willie.
For a fan, you gotta have it. But, there isn't really anything new in it. Now being that i read this 2 years after it came out, it's almost time for his new version of his Autobiography, should be interesting to see how that is put together and if it adds new info from his previous books.
Much negativity is made of Willie's choice to use cannabis. I suspect this is often by people who may not have partaken much of either life or cannabis.
Roll Me Up and... is basically a series of Thank You notes with a dollop of his pre-Mega-Star life's story (without the juicy details)and a dash of the Outlaw philosophy that has carried him through a lot of very hard times (largely brought upon himself by himself). Most of the book is Willie introducing friends/mentors/family/employees (no surprise that they are pretty much interchangeable) and giving credit where credit is due. Each of Willie's kudos is followed by a Back-Atcha-Willie written by the recipient (if still living) of Willie's praise. After three of these, I skimmed through or skipped over the rest.
I'll be kind and call this a "fast read". Other than his current age, his marriage to Annie lasting 27 years and nearly everybody still showing up at family celebrations and concerts, there's little new about Willie in the book. And I include his jokes.
Buy his autobiography and skip the "I've Been Had!" feeling that lingers after paying for this.
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not a complete auto bio but it was still fun to read