In this intimate and engaging biography, Graeme Thomson goes beyond the myths, talking with Nelson himself, his band and those who knew him best en route to discovering the real Willie Nelson. The Outlaw brilliantly describes a complex and compelling man whose life and music reflect something fundamental at the heart of twentieth-century America. Thomson s revealing portrait is a timely reminder of the stature and achievements of a true living legend. Covering everything from dirt poor beginnings in Texas, global fame in the 70s, four marriages, the death of a son and affairs with Amy Irving and Candice Bergen up to his current position as a 73-year-old pot smoking man of the road, Thomson's account emerges as the first detailed, clear-eyed account of Nelson s fascinating life.
Graeme Thomson writes on music for several publications, including Word, the Observer, Time Out and the Herald. He is author of Complicated Shadows- The Life & Music of Elvis Costello.