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My Life: It's a Long Story
My Life: It's a Long Story | Willie Nelson
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Five decades in the music industry, 100 albums, 10 Grammys, the Kennedy Center Honors, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Add high-profile activism for the legalisation of marijuana, the foundation of a ground-breaking philanthropic organisation, and a much-publicised personal life - Willie Nelson's is a story like no other. Born during the great depression in 1933 and raised by his grandparents, he began singing in dance halls and Honky Tonks at the age of 13, as an escape from working as a cotton picker in the fields of Arkansas. He went on to write some of the most popular country songs of all time, and to record some classic versions of others, including Crazy, Bring Me Sunshine, Always on my Mind and Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain. An American icon who still tours extensively and headlines music festivals, Willie Nelson and his music have found their way into the hearts and minds of fans all over the world. Now 81 years of age, Nelson leaves no experience or moment unturned as he shares the full story. From his drive to write music to the women in his life; from his collaborations to his bankruptcy to the foundation of Farm Aid; Nelson shares, in his distinct voice, soaring highs and painful lows.
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kremi
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As I read Willie Nelson's autobiographical book, I remembered the incredible pleasure of listening to his songs. In the late afternoons, when the sun descends lower and lower to the horizon and the sky creates a whole range of colors, his characteristic voice and blues style evoke memories and create dreams. As I went through the 400 pages, I was surrounded by his songs. Songs that I used to listen to together with my father on our old gramophone.

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tallicdeth
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You owe it to yourself to read a glorious retelling of a career by the legend himself. It has all the pace of a Sunday afternoon coffee with the man, and his tales are spoken so pleasantly, even when he had every right to be angry as hell. Because as he says: rainbows are a reminder that miracles are all around us. I couldn't be more happy to have read this, and I'm glad to not put it off any longer

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This is by far one of the saddest endings I've come to in the books I've read. Sadder than Mockingjay. Even Of Mice and Men. Because it's been a glorious 375 page conversation with a living legend that had great highs (phrasing), and deep sullen lows, through all of which the man has made himself a wonderful career. Reading this recollection of woes and tribulations was by far one of the greatest reads I've ever had.

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I love this book for his brash recollection of events in his own voice.

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TrishB
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#spiceupyourlife #anglophileapril
Willie‘s life probably didn‘t need much spicing up!

Cinfhen Whoa! Look at Willie Nelson...was he EVER young?!??!!? 3y
emilyhaldi He seems to have done a good job spicing his own life up for sure 😜 3y
TrishB @Cinfhen along side Keith Richards - always been old! 3y
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Cinfhen But Keith Richards has some old man swag...not so much for old Willie 😂😂 3y
Reviewsbylola Lol, def a spicy life! 3y
Reviewsbylola 🤣🤣🤣 @Cinfhen 3y
Mdargusch I love “it‘s a long story “ 😁 3y
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Sharpeipup
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Walk in‘ with Willie.

(Thanks @britt_brooke for her high praise/recommendation) #audiobook #litsywalkers

britt_brooke 🤗 Hope you enjoy! I thought it was a great listen. His life story is really interesting. 3y
DarcysMom Sounds like an interesting listen. 3y
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tallicdeth
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Time to spend my evening with this man.

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britt_brooke
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“When it‘s on us, seems like the storm will never pass. But it always does.”

I‘m not some massive #WillieNelson fan, but I enjoyed the hell out of his story. Prior to this, I was not familiar with his early career at all. I didn‘t realize he was such a prolific songwriter. His long career and tumultuous personal life are definitely worth your time. It will surprise no one that he‘s an amazing storyteller.

TrishB One of his hubbys fav reads 👍🏻 3y
Kaye Great book especially on audio. 3y
britt_brooke @Kaye The audio is fantastic! 3y
britt_brooke @TrishB 👍🏻👍🏻 I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. 3y
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britt_brooke
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@AJones - here are the finished products! It was way too much work, but the boys and I had fun. They did a great job helping.

PS. I‘m enjoying the hell out of this #WillieNelson book. He‘s quite the storyteller.

Mdargusch Great job! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3y
QuietlyLaura You guys made some pretty cool shirts! (edited) 3y
wanderinglynn They look great! 👍🏻 3y
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britt_brooke @Mdargusch @QuietlyLaura @wanderinglynn Thanks! It was a fun activity, one we‘ll definitely do again in a couple of years. 3y
shellleigh33 Your shirts turned out great!! 3y
ElishaLovesBooks Those shirts look amazing! I have a million tie-dyed shirts around here and it‘s harder than it looks to make them look so nice!! Great job! 3y
Booksnchill Giving Tye Dye Mary a run for her money! 3y
Cortg The shirts turned out fantastic 🙌🏼 3y
Sharpeipup I made tie dye shirts with my nephews once & turned my hands green for a week. Hope you fared better! 3y
knittedgnome Those are great! 3y
Kaye I loved Willies book too. Great life story. 3y
saresmoore They turned out great! 3y
britt_brooke @Booksnchill 😆 Thanks!! 💚 3y
britt_brooke @Kaye It‘s amazing! 3y
Rachbb3 Those turned out great! 3y
RealBooks4ever Beautiful!! 💜 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Cool! Must‘ve been fun to do though lots of work 🙂 3y
LeahBergen They turned out so well! 3y
AJones Awesome, I love them all! I can‘t wait to try this again, it‘s been several years. Thanks for the update. 😊 3y
britt_brooke @AJones Thanks! They turned out better than I expected. 💚 3y
britt_brooke @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks! Next time we‘ll do fewer shirts. This was definitely way too much work! 3y
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britt_brooke
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Tie-dyeing some shirts and listening to this #WillieNelson memoir. I randomly grabbed it from #Overdrive and it‘s a great listen so far! I feel like all I‘m missing is a fat joint. 😆

#audio #audiobook #multitasking

vkois88 I love dyeing stuff. I haven't done it in a while, though I have some cross stitch fabric I keep meaning to dye. I used to have a flag shirt I made for the 4th, but idk where it went 😐 3y
Eggs Nice! 3y
britt_brooke @vkois88 The flag shirts were the inspiration for this little project. Hope they turn out decent! 3y
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Cortg That‘s awesome ✌🏼 3y
Kimberlone I think Willie would approve 3y
AJones Take some after pictures, I‘m curious on our they turn out. I was thinking about tie dyeing some T-shirts. If you have an pointers please share. My husband and I saw Willie Nelson in a concert a few years back and it was awesome. ✌️ 3y
britt_brooke @AJones That‘s so cool you guys saw him! This book is really good so far. I‘ll post some pics tomorrow. I‘ve only done this one other time so my hopes aren‘t too high. 😆 3y
britt_brooke @Eggs @Cortg Let‘s hope they turn out ok. 🤞🏻 3y
Crystalblu Isn‘t tie dye fun?! I‘ve been privileged enough to get to work with Willie and the family a few times, they are the sweetest people. 3y
CuriousG I have a student named Willie Nelson...I still picture the original Willie rolling a fat one every time this kid walks into the room 😅 3y
britt_brooke @Crystalblu That is so cool! 3y
britt_brooke @CuriousG OMG 😆 ... what were his parents thinking?? Maybe they smoked too many fat ones ... 3y
CuriousG @britt_brooke I've come to the conclusion that it had to be intentional. Funny thing is, Stephen King just graduated from our school too...and there is no way those parents didn't realize that one 😅 3y
britt_brooke @CuriousG I‘m dying! These awful parents. 😆😆😆 3y
Cathythoughts It looks like the joint IS all your missing. I love his voice ❤️ 3y
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AngieAvers
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It's a Long Story: My Life by Willie Nelson 3.5* I have less in common with Willie Nelson than I expected to. His lack of moral conviction with relation to sleeping with other women while married really became tiresome. What an unapologetic cheater. He briefly mentioned his four wives and seven children. I most enjoyed hearing about old songs and their origins. I hated that this wasn't read by Willie on Audible.

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TrishB
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#Itsmylife #rockinmay
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Hubby's shelves to the rescue again 😀

Trina_L I bet that is a good one. I heard that when he was younger , his wife ( or then wife ) sewed him into the sheets of his bed after coming home really late from a night of drinking ! 5y
KathyWheeler My husband gave me this for Christmas. 5y
Cinfhen It might be time for your hubby to get on Litsy 😜 5y
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TrishB @Trina_L lol! Hubby said it's a definite rock n roll story! @KathyWheeler hope you enjoyed it! 5y
TrishB @Cinfhen 😂😂 5y
Izai.Amorim I liked the second title a lot, "it's a long story." Reminds me of that Harry Potter line, "it's complicated." 5y
TrishB @Izai.Amorim he's had a busy life 😂 5y
KathyWheeler @TrishB I haven't read it yet but I'm looking forward to it. 5y
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Kpiper
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I love this man. His music. His stories. His words. His spirit.

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Hornsby78
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I learned a lot about Willie through this book and having already read some of his other books, I thought I knew quite a bit of his bio already. Turns out, I didn't. He is a great story teller and there are PLENTY OF things to be told yet he does it in a way that is respectful of the people involved. The only complaint I have is there are A LOT OF SONG LYRICS. They didn't have to give the whole song every time. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

TrishB Have got hubby this for Christmas as he loves music biography's. 5y
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Hornsby78
bmsddk Yay! 👏😃📚 5y
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Hornsby78
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See, this is what happens. I go in the library to pay my fines and I carry out an armful with the librarians laughing at me because they KNOW I walked in only to pay fines, not to get more books. This happens EVERY TIME. #IHaveABookProblem

angrylilasian Yup!! 😂 5y
Hornsby78 Incidentally, now I'm even more ready for the #readathon because there's 4 graphic novels on top there. @DeweysReadathon 5y
Broke_Girl_Reads Good choices! Lady Cop Makes Trouble is tons of fun! 5y
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Bee I went to the bookstore and only left with one book. I think I might need a tonic or something 5y
PurpleyPumpkin Looks like you snagged some good books there. Totally worth it!!🙌🏼 5y
Hornsby78 @Bee, sounds like you are in need of a decline to rest your poor brain. Something's definitely wrong here. 5y
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