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Jimmy Buffett Writing New Book

April 28, 2002

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PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Jimmy Buffett may sing about wasting away, but he’s been keeping himself busy touring for his latest CD and writing a new book.

``It’s part-fiction, part-nonfiction,″ Buffett told Parade magazine in Sunday’s editions. ``I haven’t yet signed a contract. These things take a long time, and it’s hard work. If you talk about it too much, they begin to smell the money and pile on the pressure to get it finished.″

Buffett is already an accomplished writer, one of only six authors to have a New York Times No. 1 best seller in both fiction and nonfiction.

Buffett, touring for his new CD, ``Far Side of the World,″ calls himself ``just an old performer from Margaritaville″ and said he has many musical influences.

``I once spent a year in Nashville, and Waylon (Jennings) was one of the few ever to record a song of mine early on. There is a country influence on me, but I really grew up on the rhythm and blues out of New Orleans.″

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