It's a Long Story: My Life

It's a Long Story: My Life

by Willie Nelson, David Ritz (With)


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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316403542
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 05/17/2016
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 95,077
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.20(d)

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction 3

Part 1 My Beginning

1 Home 13

2 To All the Girls at School 29

3 First Family Band 38

4 Zeke 49

5 Falling into the 1950s 58

6 Mission City and Other Stops along the Way 70

7 Positive Thinking 78

8 Coastin' 89

Part 2 Songs Falling from the Sky

9 Back to Cow Town 109

10 Dark Night of the Soul 119

11 The Store 131

12 Hello, Hits 143

13 The Offenders 153

14 Farm Life 160

15 Waylon 171

16 Now 183

Part 3 Teardrops and Flowers

17 Time 199

18 Reboot 209

19 Game Changers 217

20 Happy Fourth, 1973 227

21 Pure Sunshine and Purple Jesus 238

22 Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House 247

23 Against the Grain 261

Part 4 Over the Rainbow

24 Silver Screen 279

25 Always 287

26 "Burn the Fucker Down!" 301

27 Falling in Love 309

28 Keep on Truckin' 317

29 "Listen to the Blues They're Playing / Listen to What the Blues Are Saying" 327

Part 5 Spirit

30 High 337

31 Rainbows 351

32 Abbott 367

Acknowledgments 377

Index 379

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It's a Long Story: My Life 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, entertaining story of his life, loves, family but best of all his music. An amazing prolific writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have always enjoyed Willie Nelson and love reading about a very interesting life, you will like this book. I think it is his best. It backs up everything I've heard about the man he is and always was. I love that it has the words to so many of his songs in here and how he came to write them. This is great insight to this man and his music.
TJ VanHouten More than 1 year ago
Being a long time fan of Willie and living in Texas for 21+ years the reading was most enjoyable. Willie writes as he speaks! A few &$#* words made the book seem real.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book, could not put it down! What a life he has had and told in his own colorful style he says it like is for sure! Of course I would love to read a sequel by all his wives but he does not bash them which is nice and his kids still like him too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed each tidbit of Willie'a life and career. His music is truly with a gift from God. Rough around the edges but smooth as silk in the heart. Let the circle not be broken.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed Willies music but I have to say I really enjoyed hearing about his life loves honesty and kindness
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Willie... a living legand, a national treasure, my hero. A very good, fun read. This book is more than just a story, it's history. Thank you Willie, for doing it your way.
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Wonderful book and artist great entertaner
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I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this book, and it was great. There were a few long winded bits, but it was worth the read. It was well written and interesting. Willie is a greater person than I knew in the first place. 2 thumbs up!
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This book was a gift to a Willie Nelson fan, so I'm unable to rate the book.
GINNIEVM More than 1 year ago