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5 Books Every Willie Nelson Fan Should Read

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Willie Nelson is an icon of American country music who has inspired the musical community across generations. There's more to the man than just being a singer who plays guitar. Lucky for us, Nelson has recorded his incredible musical career and philosophies of living down on paper.

Have you ever been curious about Nelson's interactions with the IRS? What about how he got started in Nashville? It was a crazy ride that led the country music legend's name to be among the ranks of other icons like Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. Take a peek into his life through these memoirs and biographies that cover his life, music, and guide to living.

1. It's a Long Story: My Life

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Covering moments from his formative years, travels, his music, and the women in his life (even his sister Bobbie), the Texas native tells it all in his own voice. The book, written with David Ritz, takes you on a journey through his toughest and most grand moments. The conversational ease of Nelson makes this bestselling book a can't miss. Get the paperback copy for $12.91, Kindle version for $12.99, or a hardcover for $13.38.

2. Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road

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It's a dream to learn what inspires an artist as prolific as Nelson. In this collection of Nelson's writings, you will learn what influenced the outlaw' country singers music over the years, and stories about the family and friends who have been with him along the way. The affectionate reminiscences of Nelson really give you a deeper look. This book is available in paperback for $6.51, Kindle version for $12.49, and hardback for $18.44.

3. The Tao of Willie: A Guide to the Happiness in Your Heart

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Nelson provides his guide to dealing with happiness, money, love, religion, and cowboys. His wisdom is based on the principles of the Chinese philosophy of the Tao Te Cheng. This book is available in paperback for $12.33 and Kindle version for $12.99.

4. The Facts of Life: and Other Dirty Jokes

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This book captures Nelson's unique sense of humor. You'll find more of Willie's do's and don'ts of life, but with a lot of humor. The book is available in hardcover for $13.20 or Kindle version for $12.99.

5. Willie: An Autobiography

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Nelson's first autobiography is a bit edgier than his most recent work and provides other stories not included in It's a Long Story. It will just give you more insight into the life of the country star. This book is available in paperback for $15.74 and hardcover for $7.54.

 

This post was originally published on April 6, 2017.

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5 Books Every Willie Nelson Fan Should Read