Billy Joel: The Definitive Biography
Photo by Kevin Mazur/Crown Archetype Billy Joel helped say goodbye to Shea Stadium with two massive shows in 2008.
By Fred Schruers
Crown Archetype, 400 pp. $29.
Hardcore fans of the Piano Man (including this writer) were severely bummed in 2011 when he decided to pull the plug on his autobiography, The Book of Joel, less than two months before it was slated to appear in stores. While he had be the subject of a handful of books before, some of them clip jobs, this would have been the chance to hear one of rock's most popular and lasting entertainers to tell his own story in his own words.
But Joel had some deadline-nearing misgivings about what he wanted versus the desires of publisher HarperCollins.
"They said to Fred [Schruers, co-writer for The Book of Joel], 'We need more of the sex and the wives and the girlfriends and drinking and divorce and the depression,'" Joel told The New York Times. "I covered it all. But I didn't go into detail about my personal life."