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Little, Brown and Company
From his first performance at age four, Willie Nelson was driven to make music and live life on his own terms. But though he is a songwriter of exceptional depth - "Crazy" was one of his early classics - Willie only found success after abandoning <st1:City w:st="on">Nashville</st1:City> and moving to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Austin</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Texas</st1:State></st1:place>.<BR><BR><I>Red Headed Stranger </I>made country cool to a new generation of fans. <I>Wanted: The Outlaws </I>became the first country album to sell a million copies. And "On the Road Again" became the anthem for Americans on the move. A craggy-faced, pot-smoking philosopher, Willie Nelson is one of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">America</st1:country-region></st1:place>'s great iconoclasts and idols.<BR><BR>Now Joe Nick Patoski draws on over 100 interviews with Willie and his family, band, and friends to tell Nelson's story, from humble Depression-era roots, to his musical education in Texas honky-tonks and his flirtations with whiskey, women, and weed; from his triumph with #1 hit "Always On My Mind" to his nearly career-ending battles with debt and the IRS; and his ultimate redemption and ascension to American hero