When I read that Billy Joel will waste an inordinate amount of time writing an autobiography instead of writing new music, I became infuriated. I’m a huge Billy Joel fan, and it’s been over a decade since he’s written new music. In his recent Howard Stern interview, he said that he likes to write music without lyrics because adding lyrics would be like “painting a mustache on an already finished work of art.” Personally, I think that’s complete bull shit. And I’m not a alone. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Elton John said, “at the end of the day, [Billy’s] coasting. I always say, ‘Billy, can’t you write another song?’ It’s either fear or laziness. It upsets me. Billy’s a conundrum.” Judging from the Stern interview, Billy has some astounding fear of failure, and since he’s able to live off the money he’s already made, there isn’t any reason to overcome it. He’s no longer hungry (both literally and figuratively), and so his art suffers. And since I’m such a huge Joel fan — I suffer.
Jesse James is set to write a tell-all book, and rumors are circulating that Sandra Bullock is furious. When word first broke of Jesse James’ affair, I was floored, and I thought he’d immediately start the career-cleanup process. He remained under the radar throughout his entire Sandra Bullock relationship, and it wasn’t until he appeared on Celebrity Apprentice that I thought he might be fame-hungry. Judging from how he’s handled their split, and what he’s done since, I’m guessing he’d rather torch his public image than save it. After all, if everyone’s staring at you, why not put on a show for them? This memoir is just another reason to hate him. If he writes about his marriage to Sandra, then he’s capitalizing on her fame, and if he doesn’t — the book disingenuous and pointless.