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Billy Joel cancels his memoirs

Published 31/03/2011 | 18:12

Billy Joel has decided against publising his memoirs
Billy Joel has decided against publising his memoirs

Billy Joel has announced he is cancelling his planned memoirs.

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The Book of Joel was scheduled for publication in June. The HarperCollins book was billed as an "emotional ride" that would detail the music legend's failed marriages, including his union with Christie Brinkley, as well as his battles with substance abuse.

Earlier this month, HarperCollins revealed the cover photograph for the book, and Joel's editor promised it would contain details "he has never revealed before".

But in a statement to Joel said he had changed his mind, adding: "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," he said.

HarperCollins confirmed that the deal had been cancelled. Spokeswoman Tina Andreadis said Joel had turned in a finished manuscript, but that no copies had been printed. The publisher had planned a first printing of 250,000 copies.

Joel isn't the first musician to cancel a book. Mick Jagger backed out of a deal in the early 1980s, saying he couldn't remember anything of interest. Sean "P Diddy" Combs never turned in a memoir that he was supposed to write for Random House Inc and ended up being sued in 2005 for money the publisher claimed he owed.

The 61-year-old Joel is considered one of music's all-time greats: He's a 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, and his deal was widely believed to be worth seven figures.

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