It's a Long Story - Willie Nelson & David Ritz

It's a Long Story

By Willie Nelson & David Ritz

  • Release Date: 2015-05-05
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 232 Ratings


The definitive autobiography of Willie Nelson

"Unvarnished. Funny. Leaving no stone unturned."

. . . So say the publishers about this book I've written.

What I say is that this is the story of my life, told as clear as a Texas sky and in the same rhythm that I lived it.

It's a story of restlessness and the purity of the moment and living right. Of my childhood in Abbott, Texas, to the Pacific Northwest, from Nashville to Hawaii and all the way back again. Of selling vacuum cleaners and encyclopedias while hosting radio shows and writing song after song, hoping to strike gold.

It's a story of true love, wild times, best friends, and barrooms, with a musical sound track ripping right through it.

My life gets lived on the road, at home, and on the road again, tried and true, and I've written it all down from my heart to yours.

Willie Nelson


  • It's a long story

    By Dorinam
    It was long but very interesting. I like biographies of lots of famous people!!!
  • Great book!

    By Sharon2665
    Very well written, thoughtful and insightful book. Written by a man who is certainly not stuck on being holier than thou. He truly looks at himself and his life honestly. Love how he never has a bad word to say about anyone. Even those that screwed him over or he didn't care for. You may not like Willies music or politics or whatever but you must admit he is an honest kind soul. I am so glad his IRS fiasco did not take him out of the music business years ago. He is truly a gifted song writer and performer and has also proven himself a gifted, talented and well spoken writer. Good job Willie. Always lived your work before and do so even more know that I know your whole story. Hope you continue on for many years making sweet music.
  • Great journey

    By Bobink (INKY)
    His early years remind me of my early years except that Willie is a man driven by music. I had a good friend that worked for Mr. Nelson. Willie called him JUST BILL. He is buried at Willie's ranch. I thank Mr. Nelson for taking care of Bill Coldwell.
  • It's a Long Story by Willie Nelson

    By MrsAJ1120
    I've loved his music for a long time. It stands to reason his story would be equally as fascinating. Loved it.
  • It's A Long Story

    By Rosie& Wine
    I read it in one weekend. Willie tells his story with humor, truth and respect for his songwriting talent. This is a good man. And this is a good book.
  • Love love love

    By Jen Magnetic
    I am more of a fan now than I was before. So many things to love about Willie besides his music. Gonna read it again and again
  • It was a great story!

    By Mostang7
    I grew up listening to Willie. My mother loved Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain. It's great he's still doing what he loves to do at 82. Enjoyed the book very much.
  • It's a Long Story

    By CilKing
    Good read and well done. It is a story about Willie. He says he is a man of faith and family. I had no idea he wrote so many songs and he is not done yet.
  • It's a Long Story

    By Mary Garrett
    I enjoyed the book immensely, I believe I have played them over and over through my life time. I can't say who I enjoyed you singing with the Best, I love Ray Charles and you. Julio E. And you, the background music with Julio makes you feel like one is in the heart of Mexico. All your singing Buddies I have enjoyed my entire life.. I wish you health and happiness. God Bless.
  • The Real Story

    By Eaglewomancher
    Great book and easy read!