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Willie Nelson : an epic life / Joe Nick Patoski.

By: Patoski, Joe Nick, 1951-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2008Edition: 1st ed.Description: 567 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0316017787 :.Subject(s): Nelson, Willie, 1933- | Country musicians -- United States -- BiographyDDC classification: 782.421642092 | B
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ML420 .N4 P38 2008 (Browse shelf) Available 0000002141554

Includes bibliographical references (p. 499-540), discography (p. 541-543) and index.

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Although one can find several resources on Nelson--e.g., Willie, an autobiography written with Bud Shrake (1988)--Patoski saw the need to write another. Fans and students of Nelson's music will be glad he did. Devoting years to original research, the author consulted a wide variety of sources and conducted more than 100 interviews with Nelson, his family members, friends, and associates. The result is a thorough, honest, engaging, nonjudgmental account of Nelson's life that does not soft-pedal his wild, chaotic side. Patoski details Nelson's family background and struggles, all of which influenced his musical development, and provides extensive information about many songs Nelson has written and performed. Though discussion of the music is not technical, it does document how Nelson defied Nashville commercialization and triumphed with a unique style that defines Austin's progressive country movement. Patoski includes no footnotes, but he carefully cites sources for each chapter. Appropriate for students and scholars of country music and for Nelson fans (though not young readers). Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers. D. Arnold University of North Texas

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Joe Nick Patoski has been writing about Willie Nelson for 35 years for a number of publications including No Depression, Texas Monthly, Rolling Stone, Country Music, TV Guide, Picking Up the Tempo, and the Austin American-Statesman. The co-author and author of biographies of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Selena and a contributor to the Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll and Conjunto, Patoski lives in the Texas Hill Country near the villageofWimberley.

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