Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die
Dec 12, 2012
Musings from the Road
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (November 13, 2012)
You won't see no sad and teary eyes
When I get my wings, and it's my time to fly
Just call my friends and tell them
There's a party, come on by
So just roll me up and smoke me when I die
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: music, wives, Texas, politics, horses, religion, marijuana, children, the environment, poker, hogs, Nashville, karma, and more. He shares the outlaw wisdom he has acquired over eight decades, along with favorite jokes and insights from friends and others close to him. Rare family pictures, beautiful artwork created by his son Micah Nelson, and lyrics to classic songs punctuate these charming and poignant memories. Willie Nelson has touched millions, and none more deeply than his family, friends, and bandmates, several of whom share, for the first time, intimate stories about the Red Headed Stranger.
From teaching a granddaughter to play the guitar to touring with the Highwaymen, from picking cotton while growing up in Texas to being home with the tribe on Maui, Willie takes you on the tour bus and, through candid observations and vivid recollections, gives you a front-row seat to his remarkable world. But beware: "You know you shouldn't be reading this BS, it could ruin you for all time to come," he says. "You could end up a social outcast like me, an outlaw!"
At once a road journal written in his inimitable, homespun voice and a fitting tribute to America's greatest traveling bard, Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die—introduced by Kinky Friedman, another favorite son of Texas—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.
You have got to love Willie. He's as irreverent as they come.
I was going through the book, flipping at first just to see what it was all about. Stopped dead in my tracks on page 143, "The Art of Farting" was the chapter. I could NOT stop laughing. Find another distinguished, beloved, old-school musical giant who writes a chapter in his memoir on his farts. After farts he discusses his lactose intolerance. Readers, it's a thing of beauty.
This is a great fun read that hops all over the place. It includes Willie's memories, many photos, drawings by his son, song lyrics and letters from people who's lives he's touched.
You want to know about Willie? He's in your face in this book.
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