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Tuesday, 15 August, 2000, 10:38 GMT 11:38 UK
Brooks plans fan museum
Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks: Plans warm welcome for fans
Country singer Garth Brooks is planning to open his home in Nashville, Tennessee as a museum for his fans.

The performer, who is now in semi-retirement, has arranged a meeting with neighbours on Wednesday to discuss his scheme for the 20-acre Blue Rose estate he shares with his wife Sandy.

"Getting the support of his neighbours is absolutely essential," Brooks' lawyer Chris Maddox said.

"Garth will not go ahead with this unless they approve."

Garth Brooks
Brooks plans to spend more time with his family
Maddox's partner, Robert Langford, described the musuem plan as "an opportunity for folks to view the home and the barn and see the personal effects of Garth and Sandy and kind of capture in time their home life".

But the singer will not be attending the meeting himself.

"He wants his neighbours to feel free to express themselves pro or con," Maddox said.

Brooks, 38, sold 89 million albums in 10 years to become the biggest-selling artist in country music history.

Earlier this year he announced he was retiring from performing so he could devote more time to his family, as well as film and songwriting projects.

Other country performers, including the late Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton, have also turned their homes into tourist sites.

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