Willie Nelson: The Outlaw
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Willie Nelson: The Outlaw

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by Graeme Thomson, Keith Richards
     
 
Willie Nelson is a living legend. A dope-smoking, whisky-drinking, latter-day cowboy with Native American blood, four wives and seven children, his life has encompassed sky-scraping highs and crashing lows. The armfuls of awards, huge record sales, the creation of Farm Aid and his annual Fourth of July picnics have been achieved in the shadow of parental desertion,

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Willie Nelson is a living legend. A dope-smoking, whisky-drinking, latter-day cowboy with Native American blood, four wives and seven children, his life has encompassed sky-scraping highs and crashing lows. The armfuls of awards, huge record sales, the creation of Farm Aid and his annual Fourth of July picnics have been achieved in the shadow of parental desertion, penury, three turbulent marriages, drug busts, drinking, bankruptcy and his son's suicide. In this intimate 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 this complex man, whose life and music reveal and reflect something fundamental at the heart of twentieth-century America.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"A fabulous biography of one of country music’s most colorful characters."  —Tatler

"Thomson makes the most of the access granted by Nelson, his friends and relatives."  —Q Magazine

"Sharp writing, astute observation . . . make for a lively read and a vivid portrait of an often baffling talent. Recommended."  —Observer Music Monthly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781852273002
Publisher:
Virgin Books
Publication date:
06/27/2006
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.01(d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Willie Nelson: The Outlaw 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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A truly readable, well-written and insightful look at the life of one of country music's genuine mysterys. As the author points out, fans think they know Nelson, but his public image is a simplistic one, revealing little. This book goes a long way to changing that, being a very well-written, clear-eyed look behind the myth, talking to Nelson, his band, ex-wives, musicians and friends to paint a picture of a complicated guy, with a big heart but a destructive wanderlust. A man who protects himself fiercely from intruders at the same time as going out to connect with the world on the road. THE OUTLAW is very good on these contradictions and very thorough on the music. With a keen eye on detail and nuance, it avoids sentimentality and cliche and paints a very realistic picture of a 20th Century giant, while running the rule over his greatest musical achievements. Thought-provoking, insightful and a difficult job very well done.