August 24, 2012 Legendary musician Steve Earle has announced that he is writing a memoir for Twelve, an imprint of the Hachette Book Group. The memoir will be “a literary work in three acts,” reports Rolling Stone: “The first act will tell the story of his friendship with mentor Townes Van Zandt. Next comes Earle’s ‘bottoming out’ in Nashville, where he was sent to prison and eventually got clean. Finally, there’s recovery, starting around the recording of Earle’s 1995 album Train a Comin’.”
American Songwriter spoke to Earle about his book deal, and Earle noted, “It’s the book I swore I would never write—I’m writing a memoir. I made a deal for two books, a memoir and a novel.”
The announcement follows the publication of Earle’s 2012 novel I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, which Chapter 16 called, “simple but evocative, a spicy stew of profane and crafted language. [Earle] convincingly portrays the contours of life on the skids, lending many scenes in I’ll Never Get Out of this World Alive a gritty authenticity and intensity.”
To read the rest of Chapter 16’s review of Earle’s debut novel, click here.