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Billy Joel to revive biography after nixing book in 2011

By Sara Morrison

Billy Joel's biography is back.

Joel received a massive $3 million advance from HarperCollins for his autobiography in 2011, only to cancel it on the brink of the book's publication.

Now the Piano Man has decided to revive it as an authorized biography, individuals with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

Joel will work with the ghost writer of the autobiography, Fred Schruers, on the book. One individual told TheWrap that Joel was inspired by the success of the authorized biography of Bruce Springsteen by Peter Ames Carlin. Released in November 2012, "Bruce" was well-received by critics and audiences alike.

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Joel originally planned to release "The Book of Joel" in June 2011, but he canceled those plans at the end of March of that year, saying, "I'm not all that interested in talking about the past." In May of 2013, he told The New York Times Magazine that he decided not to go through with the book after seeing HarperCollins' marketing plan: "Then I saw this marketing campaign — 'Divorce, Depression and Drinking.' We talked about some of those things, but that's not the essence of the book. I realized that was going to be the nature of the campaign. They wanted more sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, and there's not that much in my life."

Schruers and a spokesperson for Joel declined to comment.

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Sep 12, 2013 7:27PM
Joel is about as straight a shooter as persons come in this world.  And for a musician, that's pretty good. He seems like just a regular New Yorker.   I know some people can't stand his music, but for me, the guy gives his opinions like you were talking to him on his own sofa, and there's not many in the artsy fartsy world that do that.  There's no fakery in him.  Plus he's into motorcycles too. 
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