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Billy Joel to revive autobiography after two years

The singer was inspired by Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography

Piano Man Billy Joel has decided to revive the autobiography he scrapped in 2011 as an authorized biography. The singer scrapped The Book of Joel over marketing issues in May 2011 after receiving a $3 million advance from publisher HarperCollins.

The Wrap reports that Joel has decided to revive it after the success of fellow rocker Bruce Springsteen’s authorized biography, Bruce, in 2012. Sources told The Wrap that Joel will work with Fred Schruers, who was the ghost writer on the autobiography.

Joel said “I’m not all that interested in talking about the past” when he scrapped the project on the brink of publication. He revealed to the New York Times in May 2013 why he decided to cancel the book.

“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,” he states. “What I wanted to do was have a book that set the record straight. There’s so much misinformation about me. There have been some ersatz biographies where they talk to someone I knew for five minutes or some disgruntled members of the band. And I’d be reading these books saying: ‘No, no, that’s not right. You know what? I should write a book.’ I wasn’t interested in doing a tell-all. I’m not going to talk about people who I was involved in relationships with. I’m just not that kind of guy.”

No official word has been announced as of press time.

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