Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road

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Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die
Author Willie Nelson
Illustrator Micah Nelson
Country United States
Language English
Subject Autobiography
Publisher William Morrow
Publication date
November 13, 2012
Media type Print (Hardcover, Paperback)
Pages 175 pages (hardcover)
ISBN 978-0062193643
Preceded by A Tale Out of Luck
Followed by It's a Long Story: My Life

Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road is a memoir written by the American country music singer-songwriter Willie Nelson, published by HarperCollins. The book received positive reviews, and became quickly a New York Times Best Seller upon its release.


The book is a diary and memoir containing reminiscences and family recollections of country music singer-songwriter Willie Nelson,[1] published by HarperCollins in November 2012 following the release of the similarly titled song. It also contains rare family pictures and other artwork made by Micah Nelson, Willie Nelson's son. It is a follow up to two other books of similar nature: The Tao of Willie: A Guide to the Happiness in Your Heart and The Facts of Life: And Other Dirty Jokes.[2] The book was a hit in the USA quickly reaching top 10 on New York Times Best Sellers List.[1] The foreword was written by Kinky Friedman and the book contains illustrations by Nelson's son Micah Nelson.


The Telegraph attributed the success of the book to be the "charming and rambling voice of one of the great modern musicians of America". The review rated the book with four stars out of five.[1] The Boston Globe delivered a favorable review. According to the publication, the inclusion of Nelson's family and friends added to the book "texture and context".[3]

Publishers Weekly qualified the book as an "irreverent, entertaining read", while it called Nelson a "charming" narrator.[4] Houston Press wrote a positive review, also praising the participation of Nelson's family and close collaborators on the book.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Chilton, Martin (14 December 2012). "Country singer Willie Nelson has an entertaining new memoir out called Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  2. ^ MusicTomes: Review - Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die
  3. ^ McLennan, Scott (November 8, 2012). "'Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die' by Willie Nelson". The Boston Globe. Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road". Publishers Weekly. PWxyz, LLC. November 5, 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ Ruggiero, Bob (November 20, 2012). "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die, Asks Our Beloved Willie". Houston Press. Houston Press, LP. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 

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