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I Didn't Come Here and I Ain't Leaving: The Autobiography of Willie Nelson
     

I Didn't Come Here and I Ain't Leaving: The Autobiography of Willie Nelson

by Willie Nelson, Bud Shrake
 
Willie Nelson is more than just a singer whose albums have captured the imagination of America for more than thirty years.

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Willie Nelson is more than just a singer whose albums have captured the imagination of America for more than thirty years.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Nelson, self-proclaimed ``outlaw'' of country music, is depicted from many angles in this rambling account of his trajectory into celebrity. Written with freelancer Shrake in salty and sometimes vulgar language, Nelson's reflections on his three wives, children, his country music peers and others in his large, floating entourage reveal a hard-living man. The singer toiled in the fields as a child during the Depression, was left by his teenage parents with grandparents who raised him and his sister in Texas. The experience was pivotal to his career: ``My desire to escape from manual labor started in the cotton fields of my childhood and cannot be overstated.'' Nelson began his road life as ``an itinerant singer and guitar picker'' on trips punctuated with alcohol, drugs and sex as he climbed to eminence in the world of country music. Now ``crossed over,'' popular with national audiences, Nelson notes that he enjoys all the personal perquisites of his success. Among his revelations here, the singer recalls smoking pot on the roof of the White House after entertaining at a Carter state dinner. Photos not seen by PW. BOMC and QPBC alternates; first serial to Texas Monthly and Golf Digest; paperback rights to Pocket Books. (October)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671642655
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
10/27/1988
Pages:
320

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Born in Abbott, Texas, on April 29, 1933, Willie Nelson is one of the most popular, prolific, and influential songwriters and singers in the history of American music. A Kennedy Center honoree in 1998, he has been inducted into a number of music halls of fame and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. During the past six decades, he has recorded more than one hundred albums, appeared in several films, and written two New York Times bestsellers: Willie: An Autobiography and The Facts of Life and Other Dirty Jokes.

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