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Billy Joel to Publish Memoir

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Billy Joel has decided to publish his scrapped autobiography, The Book Of Joel, which was co-written with former Rolling Stone writer Fred Schruers. Only months before the book’s June 2011, publication Billy backed out of the deal with Harper Collins and returned part of his $3 million advance. The Hollywood Reporter posted that the revamped version of the book will be published by Crown — a division of Random House — with the final manuscript due by spring 2014. It’s still unclear if the book will retain its original title.

Back in May, Billy explained why he pulled the plug on the memoir, telling The New York Times Magazine, “It wasn’t finished. Some of it hadn’t been filled out in detail, but there was a beginning, a middle and an end. 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.”

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