Willie: An Autobiography

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Willie: An Autobiography
Willie An Autobiography cover.jpg
Author Willie Nelson, Bud Shrake
Country United States
Language English
Subject Autobiography
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover, Paperback)
Pages 334 pages (hardcover)
ISBN 978-0671680756

Willie: An Autobiography is an autobiographic book, written by American Country music singer-songwriter Willie Nelson with the assistance of writer Bud Shrake. Published by Simon & Schuster in 1988, the book received favorable reviews.


The book details American singer-songwriter Willie Nelson's life, starting with his upbringing in Abbott, Texas, followed by his start as a musician and his progression on the business from a becoming a famed songwriter to his transition to stardom.[1]

Initially titled I Didn't Come Here and I Ain't Leaving: The Autobiography of Willie Nelson, the book was co-written with author Bud Shrake and it was published by Simon & Schuster in 1988.[2] During the time of its release, on an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer Nelson admitted that he regretted the inclusion of the anecdote of smoking marijuana on the rooftop of the White House with a member of the Carter administration that he refused to name. He expressed that he did not regret the action, but that he did not wanted to include on the autobiography. Nelson declared "it was a dumb thing to do, first of all, and a dumber thing to let get into the book. It wasn't something I was proud of."[1]


Los Angeles Times delivered a good review, calling it a "testament" to "(Nelson's) candor".[3] The Chicago Tribune felt that the detailed accounts by Nelson, and his interviewed entourage created an autobiography that "truly illuminates its author".[4] The New York Times concluded that Nelson "knows how to tell a good story [...] and to his credit he does not hesitate to tell a few that place him in a less than favorable light. He emerges as both self-aware and self-effacing, confident in his own talent and smarts, but modest about flaunting them".[5]


  1. ^ a b Logan, Joe (October 29, 1988). "Making Music - And Facing It Willie Nelson Is A Millionaire Who Has Raised Millions For Others, But Some Of Those At His Concerts Are No Fans. Like The Fbi Agents Who Set Up A Picket Line". Philadelphia Inquirer (Interstate General Media LLC). Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ "I Didn't Come Here and I Ain't Leaving: The Autobiography of Willie Nelson". Barnes & Noble. Barnesandnoble.com llc. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ Horn, John (December 11, 1988). "Willie Bruised and Bruising : WILLIE : An Autobiography by Willie Nelson with Bud Shrake". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Interactive, Inc.). 
  4. ^ Hurst, Jack (October 16, 1988). "Willie Nelson's Life Story Without Lies". Chicago Tribune (Tribune Company). Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ Keepnews, Peter (April 2, 1989). "FOR GOD, FOR GOLF AND FOR COUNTRY". New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved March 21, 2014.