Willie Nelson fans, take note: The Austin country legend’s memoir, "It’s a Long Story: My Life," is set for publication May 5 on Little, Brown and Company.
Nelson collaborated on the book with author David Ritz, whose credits include biographies of Buddy Guy, Etta James and the Neville Brothers. At 400 pages, "My Life" promises to be more extensive than Nelson’s 175-page "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die" Musings From the Road," published in 2012 by HarperCollins. The memoir also follows Wimberley author Joe Nick Patoski’s 567-page biography "Willie Nelson: An Epic Life," published by Little, Brown and Company in 2008.
We wonder if Willie’s new book might recall this tale, passed along to us recently by Kristy Ozmun of local firm Kristy Ozmun Public Relations:
While a student at UT in the early ’70s, I worked as an assistant manager at an apartment complex on Riverside Drive. One day while in the apartment office, I was told to go to a nearby apartment and handle a call from a resident that the upstairs neighbors were being too loud.
I got to the appropriate door and knocked loudly. The door swung open, and a chimp stood there in a diaper.
I heard a voice from across the room call out, "Can I help you?" I stepped into the room and saw a long couch at the far side of the room. Seated on the couch were Willie Nelson and Leon Russell, and they were both holding guitars. Willie asked again, "Can I help you?" I stammered out a quick "no, thank you!" and backed out of the room.
I went back to the office and told the manager that we should move the resident to another apartment — that we should not be asking Willie Nelson to "hold it down"!