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.
A road journal written in Willie Nelson's inimitable, homespun voice and a fitting tribute to America's 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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This book reads like all of Willie's songs rolled together. If you're looking for a standard autobiography, you won't find it here. While reading this book, it felt like I was on the bus, a part of the family, hearing their stories first hand, rolling down the highway, a song in the making. Willie has stories like no other, telling jokes one minute then talking seriously about the things that matter most to him like family, fans, Texas and the music. He waxes poetic on everything from Farm Aid, God, politics, marijuana, childhood antics, golf, poker, family, friends and other musings from A to Z. These are all homegrown stories as only Willie can spin them. After reading this book, one can see why the idea of Willie for Nobel Peace Prize is floating around. As his wife Annie says, "He has a way of seeing life that is a gift to anyone lucky enough to spend time with him" and his daughter Amy writes, "He transcends boundaries, opens hearts and unites people." On page 159 is a...
The first line is about a baby born in a manger... and that about sums Willie up.
Willie isn't as much a story writer as a music and lyrics writer. He's entertaining and enlightening and his life is most certainly eye-opening ~ but this and the Tao are very much the same book with the exception of family inserts in this one. The bottom line is that at no point in time do you every dislike anything Willie... but be prepared for his 'Dad jokes' ~ some are red hot but most... well you know.
I think I was looking for more road stories. More about the traveling bus and the places he's played. There are some tales but not enough for the shenanigans that Willie and his band mustered up. I wanted more Highwaymen and more of that brotherhood. I wanted more skin and bones and yet who is closer than his family? I wanted more Sister Bobbie because she's got that Mona Lisa smile that says it all. But I heard from the kids and from his wife and a gentle smattering of stories...
Well i still love Willie, but this book was more than a little disjointed (no pun intended), and in need of a producer or co-writer i think. I'm not sure what the aim of this was... it's not up to his last three books really. It's a little this and a little that, his random thoughts on being on the road. His random song lyrics and jokes... The most interesting parts are from some of his family members particularly his sons and daughters and wife, Annie Nelson. Although at times some of them are clearly being careful with what they say and how they say it. For a fan, you gotta have it. But, there isn't really anything new in it. Now being that i read this 2 years after it came out, it's almost time for his new version of his Autobiography, should be interesting to see how that is put together and if it adds new info from his previous books.
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