Willie Nelson (2008) Willie Nelson fans will have their blue eyes cryin' in the rain — with joy — over the arrival of such a richly reported bio.… 2008-04-21 Biography Nonfiction Little Brown & Company
Book Review

Willie Nelson (2008)

Willie Nelson: An Epic Life | FREEWHEELING WILLIE Joe Nick Patoski's impressively reported biography of Willie Nelson eschews psychoanalysis for many funny firsthand stories of the country legend's life
FREEWHEELING WILLIE Joe Nick Patoski's impressively reported biography of Willie Nelson eschews psychoanalysis for many funny firsthand stories of the country legend's life
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Apr 21, 2008; Writer: Joe Nick Patoski; Genres: Biography, Nonfiction; Publisher: Little Brown & Company

Willie Nelson fans will have their blue eyes cryin' in the rain — with joy — over the arrival of such a richly reported bio. Willie might be the least conflicted hero in biographical history, once he trades being a ''bad drunk'' for placid pot and metaphysics. (When he cries after a snub from girlfriend Amy Irving, it's practically his only vulnerable moment in 500 pages.) But despite Joe Nick Patoski's reluctance to psychoanalyze his beatific subject in Willie Nelson, there are scores of funny firsthand stories in his account of how a ramshackle hillbilly career sparked an unlikely convergence of redneck, hippie, and Hollywood culture. B+

Originally posted Apr 18, 2008 Published in issue #988-989 Apr 25, 2008 Order article reprints