Billy Joel has backed out of a deal to publish his memoirs. “The Book of Joel” which should have been published in June of this year, had been written and the cover photography had been shot – Joel has changed his mind about the publication.
The publishers, HarperCollins, has advertised the book as an “emotional ride” detailing the music legend’s failed marriages, including that with Christie Brinkley, and his battles with substance abuse. The cover photograph was released earlier this month and the editor of Joel’s manuscript promised that the book would discuss things “he has never revealed before”.
But now the book will not be released. It had not actually gone to print. By way of an explanation, Joel said,
“It took working on writing a book to make me realise that I’m not all that interested in talking about the past, and that the best expression of my life and its ups and downs has been and remains my music.”
HarperCollins have now confirmed the cancellation of the deal. A completed manuscript had been turned in, but none of the planned initial print run of 250,000 copies had been printed. The deal was widely believed to be worth seven figures.
Billy Joel is not the only musician who cancelled a book. Mick Jagger also backed out of a deal in the early 1980s, saying he couldn’t remember anything of interest. P Diddy failed to produce a memoir that he was meant to write for Random House Inc. in 2005. They actually sued him, but for Billy Joel (61), famed Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who has sold millions with hits including “Uptown Girl”, “New York State of Mind” and “Just the Way You Are”, his decision not to produce his memoirs seems to be the end of the matter.
So are you disappointed that “The Book of Joel” is no longer destined for a bookshelf near you?