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eBook Willie Nelson: The Outlaw ePub

by Keith Richards,Graeme Thomson

  • ISBN: 0753511843
  • Category: Music
  • Subcategory: Photo and Art
  • Author: Keith Richards,Graeme Thomson
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (May 1, 2007)
  • Pages: 272
  • ePub book: 1469 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1489 kb
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  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 835

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Graeme Thomson is the author of Complicated Shadows: The Life and Music of Elvis Costello. Willie Nelson is the most unpretentious successful entertainer around. With Willie what you see is what you get, he truly did it his way. His story is very well presented by Graeme Thomson.

Graeme Thomson is the author of Complicated Shadows: The Life and Music of Elvis Costello. He has written for WORD, the Observer, Time Out, MOJO, and the Herald.

Keith Richards calls him a man-of-the-soil. Others have called him a Shaman. Willie Nelson: They were talented bootleggers and moonshiners as well as musicians.

For Louis and Martha. I started to hear the songs first, things like ‘Funny How Time Slips Away’ and ‘Crazy’. Then I started to see his name. Keith Richards calls him a man-of-the-soil. He has lived a life full enough for ten men and people want him to have big answers. Ira Nelson was a more prosaic soul.

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It's hardly Graeme Thomson's fault. As his book makes clear, Nelson has always been an opaque character, affable to all who cross his path while quietly, sometimes deviously, pursuing his own agenda. As one old friend puts it, 'Willie guards himself pretty well'. Thomson (who writes for on occasion for OMM) tells the Nelson story with incision and insight, thanks firstly to a web of interviews that includes Nelson's musicians, friends and third wife. Sharp writing, astute observation and a wry attitude to Nelson's gnomic utterances make for a lively read and a vivid portrait of an often baffling talent.

Includes bibliographical references and index. Graeme Thomson describes a compelling man, whose life and music reveal and reflect something fundamental at the very heart of 20th century America, explaining along the way why Willie Nelson is nothing short of a living legend.

In this intimate and engaging biography, Graeme Thomson goes beyond the myths, talking with Nelson himself, his band and those who knew him best en route to discovering the real Willie Nelson. The Outlaw brilliantly describes a complex and compelling man whose life and music reflect something fundamental at the heart of twentieth-century America.

In this intimate and engaging biography, Graeme Thomson interviews Nelson himself, his band and those who knew him best en route to discovering the real Willie Nelson. Thomson's revealing portrait is a timely reminder of the stature and achievements of a true living legend.

Willie Nelson: The Outlaw. In this revealing, intimate, and. With a face that wouldn't look out of place carved into Mount Rushmore, Willie Nelson has done and seen it all. A dope-smoking, whisky-drinking, latter-day cowboy with Native American blood, four wives, and seven children, Nelson has acareer that spans half a century of American music. insightful biography, Graeme Thomson goes beyond the myths, talking with Nelson himself, his band, and those who know him best to discover the real Willie Nelson. Nelson's life has been a journey of incredible highs and crashing lows.

With a face that wouldn't look out of place carved into Mount Rushmore, Willie Nelson has done and seen it all. A dope-smoking, whisky-drinking, latter-day cowboy with Native American blood, four wives, and seven children, Nelson has a career that spans half a century of American music. In this revealing, intimate, and insightful biography, Graeme Thomson goes beyond the myths, talking with Nelson himself, his band, and those who know him best to discover the real Willie Nelson. Nelson's life has been a journey of incredible highs and crashing lows. The armfuls of awards, huge record sales, famous friends, and creation of Farm Aid and his annual Fourth of July picnics have been achieved in the shadow of his mother's early desertion, penury, three turbulent marriages, drug busts, drinking, bankruptcy, and his son's suicide. This biography brilliantly describes a complex, compelling man, whose life and music reveal and reflect something fundamental at the very heart of 20th-century America, explaining along the way why Willie Nelson is nothing short of a living legend.

Comments

Steelraven Steelraven
I enjoyed this book. It is well written & easy to read. Willie appears to be a totally different person to whom I thought he was.
He is a quiet man and loved by all. Generous to a fault, some may say. But I believe he just loves to give.
No doubt he can't give as he used to because the IRS took almost everything he owned from him & bled him dry at one point.
But he bounced back with a little help from his friends. He has been, & still is, a hard working man who deserves to be able to keep all that he earns.
Who cares if he prefers to smoke Marijuana rather than drink alcohol. Good on him I say. Each to his own.
I highly recommend this book.
Kay
Cildorais Cildorais
This is probably the best book about Willie that I've read - more about Willie, his background, his band, and his philosophy that I ever knew. I ended up buying a recording - "Spirit" - after reading about it in this book, and I'm just as happy with the music as I am with the book.
Ishnsius Ishnsius
I just adore this guy for a hundred and one reasons apart from the fact that I became used to his nasal twang!He's creative; he's got guts to stand up for what he believes in; great sense of humour; Still going strong!
Little Devil Little Devil
Although I do not typically read biographies, I chose this one because I am a true Willie Nelson Fan. This biography really gives a real insight to how Willie Nelson became who he is. It is a good read.
Mbon Mbon
Brilliant. Enjoyed every word. Tells a story warts and all of one of the worlds great entertainers. A must for anyone interested in the music industry.
Whitescar Whitescar
First of all, this isn't truly a Biography of Willie Nelson's life, it's more of a travelogue. Comment's by his friends and band mates with paragraph's in between by the author. There's very little detail, no grit or grime or substance. You aren't given any real detail on Willie's song structure, or the story behind his songs. You have some subjective 'gossip' concerning his wives, but left out is why Willie married them in the first place. There's almost nothing on his early years or struggles. I really think this book is a long, drawn out magazine article.
Zbr Zbr
I purchased this for my mother-in-law, who loves Willie. She enjoyed the book very much and would recommend it. Quick read.
Willie Nelson is the most unpretentious successful entertainer around.
With Willie what you see is what you get, he truly did it his way.
His story is very well presented by Graeme Thomson.