Willie Nelson recounts his legendary life and times in his new book.
Willie Nelson has released a new memoir, It’s a Long Story: My Life, that reflects on the artist’s long and eventful life.
The book has an easy-to-read, conversational tone that reviews everything from his childhood to his thoughts on the current state of the music industry. The 82-year-old begins by discussing his 1990 battle with the Internal Revenue Service over $32 million in back taxes. It’s an event and theme that is carried throughout the book, and it’s obvious that his financial situation is still a huge complication for the artist.
In the book, Nelson describes his childhood in central Texas and how artists like Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Ernest Tubb influenced his now trademark conversational singing style. From there, he shares with readers how he first got started as a musician and what led him to move to Nashville in 1960. He explains that he didn’t find much personal success during his time in Tennessee, and only really began to shine as an artist after he returned to his home state of Texas.
The intimate details and pieces of wisdom Nelson shares throughout the book keeps readers engaged and connected. Fans will appreciate his insights on songwriting and his personal creative process that many artists never publicly share. The book is an intimate look into Nelson’s life that both casual and longtime fans are sure to enjoy.
It’s a Long Story: My Life is available in bookstores now.