Billy Joel has backed out of a reported $3 million deal to publish his memoir entitled The Book of Joel after being written, edited and readied for release in June 2011. Wow, that is quite a lot of money to turn down, but I admire Billy for sticking to his guns on this one and really like what he had to say about his decision to cancel the book:
It took working on writing a book to make me realize 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.
The legacy of any musician of Joel’s caliber is of course his music, and I would much rather reference his brilliant music and songwriting instead of a tell-all memoir of forced confessions written by someone else (Fred Schruers). While Joel himself might respond to the criticism, “You may be right, I may be crazy,” I say bravo, Billy!