Willie Nelson: Behind the Music

by Clint Richmond

He wrote his first song at the age of twelve, evoking heartbreak with an authenticity beyond his years. Willie Nelson has always known hard times, from his abandonment by first his mother, then his father. As a Nashville songsmith he wrote one of the top jukebox hits of all time, Patsy Cline's "Crazy," yet he remained obscure until he abandoned Music City for Austin, Texas, where he pioneered the outlaw sound that revolutionized country music. This intimate portrait reveals the details of his three failed marriages, his successful film career, the tragic death of his son, and his activism as the organizer of Farm Aid. Here is the dramatic story of the tax problems that prompted the IRS to padlock and then auction his home and possessions -- and the incredible outpouring of gratitude from fans and farmers who bought it all... and then gave it back. Packed with photos and interviews not seen in the original VH1 broadcast, this book brings alive the genius -- and genuineness -- of a legend whose stardom extends far beyond genre boundaries.