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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Lrg edition (May 5 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316339318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316339315
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 762 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A smooth-spoken recollection of the country legend's childhood and his eight-decade-long musical career.... Just like this book -- and its subject -- direct and genuine."―Mike Snider, USA Today

"Invaluable... Nelson writes the way he sings and plays guitar--with conversational ease and grace."―James Reed, The Boston Globe

"Every page radiates authenticity.... Heartfelt...."―Douglas Brinkley, The Washington Post

"Endlessly entertaining.... Readers of It's a Long Story will finally get the sense that Nelson is sitting before them spilling everything he can remember.... It's a wonderful thing if you love ol' Willie -- and who doesn't? ... Nelson has spent decades on the road building this story -- do yourself a favor and take a day or two to read it."―Hunter Hauk, Dallas Morning News

"Brims with affectionate reminiscences of Nelson's childhood and semi-wayward youth, his turbulent marriages and career zigzags. And of course his raison d'être, music."―Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly

A "breezy new autobiography... His voice as a writer, as in song, is warm, generous and good-timey."―James Sullivan, San Francisco Chronicle

"Nelson offers a warm, friendly, and a deeply reflective glimpse behind the making of most of his albums as well as behind-the-scenes looks at some of his best-known hits.... Reading Nelson's narrative is like sitting on the front porch chatting with an old friend."―Publishers Weekly

A "candid, heartfelt memoir.... In a plainspoken, conversational tone reminiscent of his singing voice."―Dave Shiflett, Wall Street Journal

"The closing chapters are reflective and heartfelt--part musical and part personal--and they nicely bookend Nelson's admirable attempt to recount his 'long story.'"―Andrew Dansby, The Houston Chronicle

"One of the original 'outlaw' country singers puts it all on the line with this bawdy and moving tale of his extraordinary life."―Allen Pierleoni, The Sacramento Bee

"As breezy, entertaining and occasionally bizarre as the man himself."―Larry Getlen, New York Post

"An autobiography that ought to be on any Southern music lover's shelf--this is Willie in his own authentic voice, sharing memories of his Texas upbringing."―CJ Lotz, Garden & Gun

It's a Long Story "is closer to a series of Raymond Carver stories: terse, conversational and peppered with profanity, jokes and life lessons.... One of the great stories in American music."―Jim Kiest, San Antonio Express-News

"This is the definitive Willie Nelson story. It's a rare insight into an American folk hero, one told in a voice as powerful and genuine as the red-headed stranger himself."
Mark Flanagan, Run Spot Run


"The often hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking story of a life on the run."―Woody Harrelson, Interview

"This rollicking bio perfectly captures the inimitable voice of his plain-speaking subject."―Sarah Murdoch, Toronto Star

"Who doesn't love Trigger-wielding Willie Nelson? ... Pour a drink, take a seat and dig into the life story of one of America's true living legends."―Parade

"One of America's most gifted songwriters and storytellers, Nelson mesmerizes us with his gift of gab in this autobiography, regaling us with stories of his life -- from his childhood and youth in Abbott, TX, to the ups and downs of his marriages, and his deep love for his family, friends, fans, and songwriting."―Henry Carrigan, No Depression

"Country music legend Willie Nelson tells his life story his way, with humor and outright honesty. Most of the time, it feels as if he is sitting right across the table talking directly to us, pouring out his heart and soul."―Christine M. Irvin, BookReporter

"Nelson recounts a colorful life story in and out of music. And what a life it has been."―Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press

"Warm, witty, and burnished with cowboy mystic wisdom."―Tim Stegall, The Austin Chronicle

"Long Story thrives on the basis of two factors: Nelson's short sentences, chalk-full of his deadpan wit and the larger-than-life tales he shares.... Nelson's sage and easy-going spin on these various yarns, and the morals he offers up in his summations, are endearing and entertaining.... Essential reading."―James Courtney, San Antonio Current

"A fascinating memoir of a living American icon. It is as colorful as Willie's life has been. Written in a very beautiful and gripping style, Nelson's book reads like a novel."―The Washington BookReview

"It's a Long Story proves to capture the Red Headed Stranger in a direct light, and fans have plenty to gain within its pages."―Tyler R. Kane, Paste Magazine's "The 15 Best Nonfiction Books of 2015 (So Far)"

"As a kid, Willie Nelson wrote poetry. From an early age, he understood the power of a simple, direct voice and it's this voice that makes My Life more than just another run-of-the-mill, music industry memoir.... You don't need to be a fan to be beguiled by his gift for spinning a yarn."―Fiona Capp, The Sydney Morning Herald --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Willie Nelson is an American country music singer-songwriter, as well as an author, poet, actor, and activist. He was inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993.


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A great read start to finish, read it in a day all 350 pages. It's a great book if you love Willie Nelson, but if your a musican of any kind an struggle with being you and how to be true to your sound or if you have issue with being your true self an worry what people will say or think. I would strongly recommend this book.
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Because I had not read any other books about Willie Nelson, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. With all the news that gets out about him via social media I don't think anything about Willie's life is really too much of a secret. However this book did provide some funny episodes, some touching parts, and some very, very opinionated views which made it a book I wanted to continue reading to see what was coming next. I would recommend this book to anyone who has never read any other biography on Willie's life. Imagine - 82 and going strong!!!!
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It’s a Long Story
By Willie Nelson with David Ritz
Little, Brown & Co.; U.S.; May, 2015

82 year old Willie Nelson might be a senior citizen - but don’t call him that! Because Willie is just as relevant today, as he was 40 years ago. Legendary star of country music, lyric and song writer, as well as an actor to boot, Willie Nelson has been telling his story through music - and now privileges us with his life story in a hot, new book!

Willie tells his life story with an often humorous edge. From playing with such stars as Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash, as well as other musical stars to fighting the tax man and creating and supporting Farm Aid, Willie never fails to entertain!
Join Willie as he tells all in “It’s a Long Story” - his new book out May, 2015! Sit down and relax - because Willie’s got a story to tell.

I received this book for free to review. I am a member of GoodReads, LibraryThing, NetGalley and maintain a book blog at http://dbettenson.wordpress.com .
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Very interesting book to read, if you can't experience it first hand, read the book, and you'll feel as if you had! Love the way he writes, and sings. An honest account of his life's highs n lows, you hear it in his voice and read it in his words.
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Some interesting antidotes of his life but some also left out that were the biographies I have read. Willie is truly on of those that .."what you see is what you get kind of guy "...nothing pretentious about him.
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Read a few lines, then listen to the song Willie is talking about. Such a great way to move through this book. I've always been a fan, but now I know why. Willie does it his way, such a kind spirit.
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Honestly written, Willie Nelson shares his tales of life, love and music. An entertaining and inspiring account of a man and his adventures through life and music.
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Great and easy read. Hard to put down; kept me up late. The story of a unique life. Willie comes across as a very thoughtful and intelligent man.
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