Billy Joel has reportedly refused to share the rights to his music for an upcoming biopic based on his life.
Adam Ripp is set to write and direct piano manbut Joel’s rep has confirmed that the musician is not involved in the project.
No rights are granted to Joel’s music, his name and likeness, or his life story.
Instead, Variety reports, it bought the lifetime rights to Joel’s 1970-1972 music representative, Irwin Mazur. The film follows Joel’s early career, before the musician’s mainstream fame, through the eyes of Mazur.
In a statement, Mazur said: “What a dream come true! These are the real events, which I witnessed first hand, that transformed Billy from a keyboardist for local Long Island band The Hassles into the legendary musician, singer-songwriter and entertainer who continues to wow audiences around the world today. “
Mazur’s father owned the club where The Hassles got their first break.
“Billy Joel has been a part of my life since my father signed him to his record label when I was four; His music is ingrained in my DNA and it has been a dream of mine as a filmmaker to explore and celebrate the untold story of how Billy Joel became the Piano Man,” added Adam Ripp.
Ripp’s father, Artie Ripp, gave Joel his first record deal and produced his debut album in 1971 Cold spring port.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/billy-joel-refuses-biopic-piano-man-b2033269.html Billy Joel refuses to use his music in upcoming Piano Man biopic