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.