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Alan LightPatoski has been thorough, conducting more than a hundred interviews and drawing on extensive historical research and an impressive familiarity with the 300-plus albums that form Nelson's oeuvre. Nelson has long seemed the personification of "laid back," but it is his quiet determination and unwavering focus that shine through the pages of this admirable biography…Nelson's story doesn't have the gothic edge of Johnny Cash, haunted by the death, in childhood, of his older brother, or the quest for redemption that Merle Haggard nursed after his days as a young criminal. At times Nelson has threatened to become a punch line (and often embraced the impulse), but he has lived a sprawling, uniquely American life, and it deserves an examination this comprehensive.
—The New York Times