Synopses & Reviews
Born in small-town Texas during the Great Depression, Willie Nelson was raised to believe in helping his neighbors and living without pretense. After many hardscrabble years as a poorly paid songwriter (often watching his work become a gold mine for other performers), Willie finally found his own voice?the gentle but unmistakably honest sound that has made him an American icon. Now the master of harmonization has created a guide to finding harmony in everyday life. Featuring vignettes from each chapter of his seventy-plus years (along with plenty of his favorite jokes), The Tao of Willie
captures his views on money, love, war, religion, cowboys, and other essential Willie topics.
Loosely based on the principles of the Chinese philosophy of the Tao Te Cheng, which Willie has admired and followed for much of his adult life, this inspiring and entertaining collection of ?Willie wisdom? takes us from his roadhouse days, when he united redneck rockers with straitlaced country music fans, to the mega-sized benefit concerts and environmentalism that define his boundless heart. In the spirit of his fellow Texan Harvey Penick?s Little Red Book, Willie?s timeless insights sparkle with clarity: It?s like having a one-on-one conversation with the sage himself.
[T]he book is a wily tour through NelsonÆs obsessions. . . . (The New Times Book Review
Seriously fun guide offers readers the full Nelson. . . . [a] whimsical yet serious guide to happiness. . . . The Willie philosophy is simple, a blending of Ædo unto others as you would have them do unto youÆ and ÆdonÆt sweat the small stuff.Æ (Boston, Sunday Herald)
[T]he book is a wily tour through Nelson's obsessions. . . . (The New Times Book Review)
The master of harmonization has created a guide to finding harmony in everyday life, capturing his views of money, love, war, religion an d other essential Willie topics.
About the Author
In a career spanning more than fifty years, Willie Nelson
has sold over 100 million records, recorded 250 albums, written 2,500 songs, appeared in several films, and written two New York Times
(an autobiography) and The Facts of Life and Other Dirty Jokes
A longtime friend and golfing buddy of Willies, actor Turk Pipkin has appeared in numerous feature films and played a recurring character on The Sopranos. Contributing editor to Texas Monthly, he has also written for television and is the author of eight previous books.