Billy Joel Pulls the Plug on Memoir

The "Piano Man" singer says he won't publish The Book of Joel because he's "not interested in talking about the past"

Billy Joel is keeping his memories to himself.

Three years after signing a $3 million deal with Harper Collins to write his memoir, the "We Didn't Start the Fire" singer has decided not to publish The Book of Joel.

In a statement on his website, the piano man says: "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."

Joel plans to return the portion of the advance he received from the publishing company.

It's interesting that Joel decided not to publish the memoir now -- after it's already been written. But with his colorful past of failed marriages and alleged substance abuse problems, as well as his daughter's recent emotional issues, it's possible it was all too personal to put out into the world. And we think it's pretty admirable that Joel chose not sell out for cash.

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