Billy Joel’s Memoir, THE BOOK OF JOEL, Releasing This Summer

Now here’s a memoir I want to read: the Piano Man Billy Joel plans to tell his story this summer. Titled The Book of Joel, the memoir will chronicle Joel’s ups and downs, including his marriage to Christie Brinkley, fatherhood, and “reflections on both the joys and the burdens of superstardom.”

In a release, publisher HarperCollins said, “there is a lot in this book that he has never revealed before.” The Book of Joel will be released on June 14, 2011.

By the way, Billy Joel fans will want to set their DVRs to PBS tonight, March 7, at 8pm because they are airing the full performance of Billy Joel: Live at Shea Stadium on Great Performances. Special guests include Paul McCartney, Garth Brooks, and Tony Bennett.

UPDATE April 1, 2011: Billy Joel has decided to cancel his memoir.

Synopsis of The Book of Joel:

This soul-searching chronicle offers fans an unprecedented glimpse into the heart and soul of one of the world’s best entertainers—the Piano Man himself, Billy Joel. Known the world over for classic rock songs like “The Entertainer,” “The Stranger,” and “New York State of Mind,” here the beloved songwriter offers a serious and reflective memoir of his life from early hard times to top-of-the-world successes, including the ups and downs of romance (and his marriage to Christie Brinkley, for whom he wrote “Uptown Girl”), insights about fatherhood, and reflections on both the joys and the burdens of superstardom. Fans of rock biographies like Keith Richards’ Life, Jimmy Buffett’s A Pirate Looks at Fifty, Bob Dylan’s Chronicle, and others will be captivated as one of the music world’s greatest storytellers reveals all, in Billy Joel’s powerful memoir of tears, excitement, and a river of dreams come true.

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