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Willie Nelson Memoir: Country Singer Writing Another Book

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By    |   Thursday, 31 Oct 2013 02:30 PM

Willie Nelson has landed a memoir deal with publisher Little, Brown and Company to write an "unvarnished, complete, and tremendous" story about his life and career, according to the company.

The 80-year-old music legend has written several books over the years including his autobiography in 1998, "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road," the title of which is a reference to his frequent marijuana use. He co-wrote the book with Kinky Friedman.

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"Willie’s book will be authentic to the core and bursting with the stories, insight, and wild wit of this true American icon," executive editor John Parsley told the New York Daily News.

The memoir will be more personal than the prior books by Nelson, with the iconic country singer sharing untold stories that involve the likes of Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, and Merle Haggard, The New York Times reported.

In total, Nelson has released seven books since 1988, including "Willie: An Autobiography," "The Facts of Life and Other Dirty Jokes," and "The Tao of Willie: A Guide to the Happiness in Your Heart."

In addition to being known for songs like "Whiskey River," "On the Road Again," "To All the Girls I've Loved Before," and "Bloody Mary Morning," the Country Music Hall of Famer has appeared in 38 films. His songs have been featured in 184 movies.

The Texas-born 80-year-old, who has been performing for nearly 60 years, is known for his unique sound and criminal past.

Nelson has been arrested several times throughout his career for marijuana possession, his most recent occurring in November 2010 when his tour bus was pulled over in Texas at a routine checkpoint, ABC News reported.

Nelson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and paid a $500 fine for the 2010 arrest.

In a Huffington Post interview in April, Nelson said "it's only a matter of time" before marijuana use is decriminalized.

"Why do you want the criminals to make all the money off of this when it's proven that it won't kill you unless you let a bale of it fall on you?" he said.

Additionally, in 1990 the Internal Revenue Service seized much of the singer's assets, claiming Nelson owed upwards of $16.7 million together with interest and penalties, Forbes magazine reported. That figure was reportedly negotiated down to $6 million by Nelson’s attorney, Jay Goldberg.

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