Thursday, May 15, 2008

Willie Nelson: An Epic Life: the Review

You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. ~Paul Sweeney

And Willie Nelson: An Epic Life was that for me, a fan of roots music, Americana music, the sort of music that can be reproduced -- performed! -- live rather than imitated on stage because it was recorded in a studio, multi-tracks, overdubbing, and snip-editing down to the last phrase.

Willie Nelson can be celebrated for one thing, whether you like his music or not: deciding to be true to his talent and then moving from Nashville to Austin, Texas. In that prime creative-land, Nelson flourished and gave voice to -- or allowed the voices of -- artists like ...

Author Joe Nick Patoski, or perhaps his editors, made a singular mistake with this biography of the original country music outlaw. The title is inaccurate. This volume should have been called Encyclopedia Willienelsonia.

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