Willie Nelson The Outlaw PDF/EPUB Ù Willie Nelson

  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • Willie Nelson The Outlaw
  • Graeme Thomson
  • English
  • 10 July 2016
  • 9780753511848

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Willie Nelson The OutlawThe music of Willie Nelson has never been up high on my playlist Country music had a definite lack of cool back in the days of my musical youth Only comparatively recently has the sound of Lucinda Williams tempted me to join the good ole boys with the exception of short sojourns into Gram Parsons Dead and Byrds fayreSo the life and career of Nelson was largely a blank prior to reading Graeme Thomson's 2006 publication of 'The Outlaw' Perhaps Nelson is as close as anyone can get to the shape shifting and never ending tours of Bob Dylan Through six decades 'the outlaw' red necked Texan cowboy part native American dope smokin' hippie has rode his own trail With a rebel yell four marriages seven children a son's suicide whisky grass than the Ponderosa an IRS tax bust the size of a small country Farm Aid and perhaps the only person in the world to have smoked a big one on the roof of the White HouseThomson has written a good biography The text is interspersed with contributions from the man himself family members fellow musicians band members etc so much so the author almost vanishes at times but this is still a definitive and well written account Along with his battered old Martin 'Trigger' Nelson looks like he should have retired way back but with various substances added he's got it flowing in the blood In this intimate and engaging biography Graeme Thomson interviews Nelson himself his band and those who knew him best en route to discovering the real Willie Nelson The Outlaw brilliantly describes a complex and compelling man whose life and music reflect something fundamental at the heart of twentieth century America Thomson's revealing portrait is a timely reminder of the stature and achievements of a true living legendCovering everything from dirt poor beginnings in Texas global fame in the 70s four marriages the death of a son and affairs with Amy Irving and Candice Bergen up to his current position as a 73 year old pot smoking man of the road Thomson's account emerges as the first detailed clear eyed account of Nelson's fascinating life Judge the artist or the art ? He's written great songs Hello Walls Crazy had a bunch of marriages a bunch of kids and some high old timesHe's been a pretty poor husband but then a musician who spends most of his time on the road and puts his career first is rarely going to be an ideal husband Best anecdote from the wild bunch in Nashville Roger Miller famous for King Of The Road amongst others advises the rest of the party to make sure they keep their pills in a different pocket from their change because I just swallowed a uarterThe art is sublime and Willie is still ramblin' on This is a reasonable book on a great artist with an awkward recurring undertow of how badly he has treated his ex wives and children I would rather have had road anecdotes Well researched and written biog benefitting from a little face time the author had with the great man himself and separately with many of his friends and acuaintances Written by someone who comes across as a fan although in truth the occasional slightly syrupy descriptions of his work are than balanced by honest descriptions of Nelsons weaknesses and failings the serial adulteries tax evasion hard drinking and dope smoking Bit of a slog towards the end for the non country music lovers Interesting and sad Willie seems like he was ridden hard and put away wet for most of his life But what a great musician It's hard to believe his career spanned so many decades from just getting by in the 50's to being a jobber musician thru the 60's and 70's and finally having money when he got a bit older only to find the problems are never over You have to admire a man who garnered as much popularity as he has over the years and who did it his way He's really worked at his music it's not just standing up and singing But he's not without flaws and those too are revealed Very balanced biography Recommended Excellent