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Report: Billy Joel Sanctions an Authorized Biography [Updated]

For a time, Fred Schruers was a full-time member of TheWrap staff. He has since moved on to freelance feature writing and today is back on the site as part of an intriguing Sara Morrison item.

According to Morrison’s sources, Schruers will be helping singer Billy Joel write an upcoming authorized biography. You may recall that Joel previously agreed to write a memoir for Harper Collins in 2011 but then reneged:

Joel will work with the ghost writer of the [previously planned] autobiography, Schruers, on the book. One individual told TheWrap that Joel was inspired by the success of the authorized biography of Bruce Springsteen by Peter Ames Carlin. Released in November 2012, Bruce was well-received by critics and audiences alike.

Joel certainly has a ton of memories to touch on and if this is done creatively, with sensitivity to the singer’s desire to avoid salaciousness, it could be spectacular. As a side note, the writer who generally touches all high-profile musical biographies – David Ritz – is otherwise engaged. In 1980, Schruers wrote a biography of the band Blondie.

Update (September 13):

Via Showbiz 411, Joel has clarified that he is not involved with the new Crown/Random House biography:

Joel emailed me this morning: “I am no longer involved in any kind of book project. Fred Schruers, however, is free to write any kind of book he wants.”

[Photo of Joel performing at Shea Stadium in 2008: Anthony Correia/]

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