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Garth Brooks will release the first book of a five-part anthology this fall

Garth Brooks has a new addition to his list of accomplishments – author.

The country megastar – who will play the inaugural concert at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Oct. 12 – will release the first of a five-part anthology, “The First Five Years,” on Nov. 14.

As the name implies, the installment focuses on the first five years of Brooks’ career and includes the backstory on “The Thunder Rolls” (it was almost released by another artist), how “The Dance” and “Friends in Low Places” almost weren’t recorded and a look into the famed Jack’s Tracks recording studio in Nashville.

The book also includes more than 150 rare photos, session charts and tracking sheets packaged as a 240-page hardcover.

Included with the book are five CDs that will offer never-before-heard songs, outtakes, demos and the first time Brooks’ wife Trisha Yearwood sang on one of his songs – long before the release of his debut album.

To preview the release of “The First Five Years,” Brooks will broadcast an episode of “Inside Studio G” on his Facebook page at 7 p.m. Oct. 2.

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