Author sells Billy Joel bio to publisher

Author sells Billy Joel bio to publisher.

We may get the inside scoop on Billy Joel’s life after all.

Music journalist Fred Schruers, who was working as the ghostwriter on Joel’s biography, “The Book of Joel,” until Joel pulled the plug less than three months before it was to be released in 2011, has sold a Joel biography to Crown Publishing Group. Joel has said he had no problem with the book, he just wasn’t interested in rehashing the past and decided not to release it. He told Newsday later that year it would probably be released after his death.

Though Joel isn’t involved with Schruers’ book and it will be considerably different from “The Book of Joel,” he said he will not fight publication. “Fred Schruers is free to write whatever kind of book he wants based on the firsthand information he gathered during the time he spent with me,” Joel said in a statement.

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