Willie Nelson to Release Memoir, ‘It’s a Long Story’
Willie Nelson has experienced plenty in his 81 years, and now he's telling his story in a new memoir, It's a Long Story: My Life, which is set for release on May 5.
The book will cover everything from Nelson's childhood growing up during the Great Depression in the small town of Abbott, Texas, to his iconic music career, which includes more than 100 albums; numerous Grammy Awards, ACM Awards and CMA Awards; induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993; and a Kennedy Center Honor in 1998.
In It's a Long Story, the country music icon delves into his personal history, revealing never-before-told stories about the women in his life and his well-publicized tax problems, as well as unforgettable stories from Farm Aid, which Nelson co-created in 1985. The book also covers Nelson's advocacy for the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes, along with his history of alcohol and tobacco abuse.
Nelson's memoirs wouldn't be complete without stories from his musical life as well. The singer-songwriter, who wrote legendary tunes like "Crazy" and "On the Road Again," shares his personal drive for writing music and poetry, and the stories behind some of his biggest hits. Nelson also delves into the lives of some of his famous friends, sharing fond memories of artists like Ray Charles, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Ray Price and Waylon Jennings, among others.
This isn't Nelson's first foray into authoring a book. He previously wrote several others, including Willie: An Autobiography in 1988, On the Clean Road Again: Biodiesel and The Future of the Family Farm in 2007 and Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings From the Road in 2012.
It's a Long Story: My Life is co-written by David Ritz and will be released on Little, Brown and Company. Pre-order the memoir here.
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