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Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die by Willie Nelson Excerpt

Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die by Willie Nelson Excerpt

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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.

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.

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Publish date: Nov 13, 2012
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Roll Me Up
andSmokeMe
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Musingsfrom the Road
Wii Nsn
foreword by Kinky FriedmanIllustrations by Micah Nelson
william morrow
 An Imprint of 
HarperCollins
Publishers
 
WIllIe NelsoN: The ForeWorD
by Kinky Friedman
I
n April 1933, Willie’s mother, Myrle, gave birth to him in a manger somewhere along the old highway between Waco and Dallas. Therewere angels in attendance that night, and there would be for the restof his life. Some of them, no doubt, flying too close to the ground.In 1939, when Willie Nelson was six years old, he received hisfirst real guitar. Hitler had just invaded Poland; the World’s Fair had just opened in New York; and in Hollywood,
Gone with the Wind 
 had just beat out a quirky little film called
The Wizard of Oz
for BestPicture of the Year. These things were very probably not known to young Willie. Nor was he aware that his grandfather had just pur-chased a cheap Stella guitar from the Sears catalog. It would not be acheap guitar to Willie; it would become his most prized possession,an instrument of transcendental beauty.Unlike many famous people who left their hometowns and never looked back, Willie felt Abbott was always the home of his heart.It was where he was born, where Daddy and Mama Nelson raised

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nightprose reviewed this
Rated 5/5
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.
eduscapes reviewed this
Rated 4/5
A short memoir from Willie, the book is a bit of a ramble with snippets of his life intertwined with song lyrics and reflections written by family members and close friends. Within the pages, a reader does get a brief glimpse of Willie's personal values, beliefs and philosophy. The many fans of Wille will enjoy. (lj)
mckait reviewed this
Rated 5/5
If you are a Willie Nelson fan, read this book. If you are NOT a Willie Nelson fan, then you should be, and you will be if you read this book. Willie is a great man, poet, philosopher and family man. The book? Why the book is a work of art. There are lyrics, ( mostly his own) and illustrations by his son Micah. We all know a lot of things about Willie Nelson, his music, his tribulations and his charity. I had no idea that he was a philosopher, or a man so loving that his patchwork family doesn't know or care who started where or why. That, in my opinion, is his greatest talent. He is an amazing and loving family man. Scattered throughout the book you will find stories and thoughts about Willie, written by family and friends. They are a beautiful tribute. This book is not great literature, but it is great art, and great love. recommended
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