For those following the progress of long-in-gestation memoirs by late 20th-century pop-rock icons, we have good news and bad. Billy Joel is finally releasing his, although Morrissey, it appears, is not.
According to the Wrap, the Piano Man has decided to revive an autobiography project that he cancelled, shortly before its publication, in 2011. The book, originally planned as a first-person memoir called “The Book of Joel,” is now an “authorized biography,” in cooperation with author Fred Schruers. Expect the book, whenever it arrives, to touch on Joel’s long musical career, his struggles with alcoholism, his decision to stop recording new rock music in 1993, his three marriages and divorces and all the great songs they inspired.
However, another long-anticipated music autobiography has apparently been kiboshed. An autobiography by Morrissey was scheduled to be released in Britain next week, but the book has now been removed from the website of its publisher, Penguin. According to BBC News, the book was pulled due to a “content dispute.”
Its uncertain what the content dispute was about, or whether the former Smiths frontman planned to address either longstanding rumors about his sexual orientation or the bizarre phenomenon of young Mexican-Americans in California who love his music. The singer is “searching for a new publisher,” the report said.