McGuffy Ann, March 13, 2013 (view all comments by McGuffy Ann)
In this memoir, the legendary Willie Nelson shares thoughts about his life. While traveling on the road, he muses about many topics from his upbringing and greatest influences, to his mistakes and regrets.
Willie is open and very frank about all of his thoughts. He discusses God, and what he strongly feels is the role we are meant to play in the world. His common sense thoughts on the environment are connected to this.
Willie openly discusses his influences and muses, giving credit where credit is due. With his trademark outlaw wisdom, he also discusses his beliefs on politics, with some questionable ideas.
The book is filled with poignant memories, and humorous anecdotes. Willie shares pictures, as well as drawings and artwork by his son Micah. Family and friends are clearly extremely important to Willie.
There is no doubt that he is an icon in country music. Respected by many, he is a prolific songwriter, a poet, and a champion of the underdog. This book reflects all that is Willie Nelson.
Having seen him several times in concert, I have always been a fan of Willie. I respect his honesty, his natural wisdom, and his music. He is genuine, which is hard to find today. He has the heart and the soul of a poet. I love this about him.
kathilewis, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by kathilewis)
Willie Nelson's writing is every bit as captivating as his lyrics, voice and music! He has the ability to make you feel that you could be sitting in a room with him and just having a casual conversation. His lifelong experiences have given him great insight, much wisdom and one spectacular view of the world. When he speaks, you can tell as we say in the South, "He comes from good people." His humor is infectious as his belief in the balance & harmony that must be maintained on earth. That same balance and harmony are what make him and his music what it is: an inspiration to everyone. And who doesn't love Willie Nelson????
Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road
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by Publishers Weekly,
"The latest in a collection of anecdotes and essays from singer-songwriter Nelson (The Facts of Life and Other Dirty Jokes) serves to reinforce his image as a sentimental country veteran who isn't averse to firing up the occasional joint or two. A mix of mundane diary entries ('It's a nice plane ride.... Thanks, American'); philosophic musings ('They say there are no ex-wives, only additional wives'; 'once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results'); the stories behind songs like 'Shotgun Willie'; and pointed essays on the Occupy movement and Farm Aid, peppered with the occasional dirty joke, the book makes for an irreverent, entertaining read. Humble, optimistic, and quick to give credit to those around him for contributing to his success, Nelson is a charming narrator, lurching from subject to subject, but always with a point in mind. Readers interested in linear recounting of Nelson's colorful life are better served by his 2000 autobiography, but those who want to know him will do well to seek out this volume. It's the next best thing to an audience with the star performer. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Just one volume in Nelson's long story that remains much like its Author — funny, inspirational and bawdy, with a well-honed sense of humor."
by American Songwriter,
"Nelson takes us for a rollicking ride along the highways and byways of his long life and career in this rambunctious, hilarious, reflective, and loving memoir."
"Compelling page-turner...for all his fame and accessibility, he still has so much wisdom left to share."
by Country Music Television, Nashville Skyline blog,
"So many decades into his fabled life and career, Willie fans pretty much know what to expect from him. And he does not let his readers down with his Musings From the Road. "
by Harper Collins,
In Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die, Willie Nelson muses about his greatest influences and the things that are most important to him, and celebrates the family, friends, and colleagues who have blessed his remarkable journey. Willie riffs on everything, from music to poker, Texas to Nashville, and more. He shares the outlaw wisdom he has acquired over the course of eight decades, along with favorite jokes and insights from family, bandmates, and close friends. Rare family pictures, beautiful artwork created by his son, Micah Nelson, and lyrics to classic songs punctuate these charming and poignant memories.
A road journal written in Willie Nelson's inimitable, homespun voice and a fitting tribute to Americas greatest traveling bard, Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die — introduced by another favorite son of Texas, Kinky Friedman — is a deeply personal look into the heart and soul of a unique man and one of the greatest artists of our time, a songwriter and performer whose legacy will endure for generations to come.
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