Billy Joel to pen memoir for HarperCollins

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"I don't care what you say anymore, this is my life" Billy Joel once sang, and now he plans to put that life story between hard covers.

David Hirshey, senior VP and executive editor at HarperCollins, said Tuesday that the Piano Man is working on a memoir, written with veteran entertainment journalist Fred Schruers.

"We paid a healthy advance," said Hirshey, who denied that Joel had received $3 million, as reported Tuesday on Roger Friedman's showbiz411 blog for the Hollywood Reporter. Joel's agent on the deal is Amanda Urban of ICM.

The book has "been in the works for about a year," according to Hirshey, who said Joel hasn't delivered the manuscript yet. No publication date has been set.

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