Fred Schruers

Fred Schruers - Ghostwriter

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Author of Billy Joel: The Definitive Biography . Seasoned feature and reviews writer specializing in film, TV, tech, and major sports.

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Overview

Seasoned freelance writer, author of Billy Joel: The Definitive Biography, and longtime feature writer for Rolling Stone, Premiere, the LA Times, and many more. Co-host of The Buried Lede, a podcast covering the media.
Post-college, I served as an anti-poverty volunteer for the VISTA program, moved on to working as a messenger for an American Company in Paris, and then gained journalistic experience via early days at the Boston Phoenix weekly, a Wall Street newsletter, deadline newspaper reporting in New Jersey (The Record of Bergen County) and serving as Poetry Clerk at the 92nd St. YMHA in New York, I had a diverse early career, and after starting at Rolling Stone in 1978 was focused on entertainment. Wrote features on a wide array of show business personalities, and was described in one publisher's new release as "the most loved and feared" among such writers.
Signing on to co-author Billy Joel's autobiography began an eight-year evolution that concluded with the publication of a biography-with-cooperation for Crown Archetype books. Currently working with a number of outlets, including a regular column on television for CBS Watch! Magazine.
I greatly enjoy both the interviewing and research phase and the actual writing of profiles, reported pieces, personal stories and book-length projects. If there's something that sets me apart, I believe it's the capability to make such projects something the subject and that person's family and friends can be proud and happy to complete.
Services
Short-Form Content
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Entertainment

Work experience

Freelance/ghostwriter

Self-employed
June, 2017 – Present (about 3 years)

Seasoned freelance writer and author of "Billy Joel: The Definitive Biography" for Crown Archetype
publishers

Columnist

CBS Watch! Magazine
January, 2016 – Present (over 4 years)

I write a column for each edition of CBS Watch! Magazine, a 6x/year glossy journal of upcoming and current
network shows. Also regularly contribute features, most recently one on Walton Goggins.

Writer

GQ Magazine, Entertainment, Details Magazine, American Cinematographer, US Magazine, Men's Journal, Watch Magazine
February, 1995 – Present (over 25 years)

Wrote freelance articles for the above publications. Subjects include: Sting, Donald Sutherland, Matthew McConaughey, Public Enemy

Senior Editor

Premiere Magazine
January, 1987 – April, 2007 (about 20 years)

Feature writer and reporter, part of a team that did an annual Hollywood Power List. Subjects included Daniel Day Lewis, Brian Grazer, Joe Roth, James Cameron, Ridley Scott, Tom Hanks, and Jack Nicholson, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Nick Nolte and many others.

Contributing Editor/Writer

Rolling Stone Magazine
January, 1980 – March, 2000 (about 20 years)

Wrote feature articles, including multiple cover stories, on music, film, television and personalities. Subjects included: Fleetwood Mac, Ramones, Kinks, U2, Madonna, David Letterman, Bruce Springsteen, , Jeff Bridges, Sugar Ray Leonard, Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann, David Fincher, Chris Rock and many others. Wrote a comprehensive article on Navy Seals training.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Billy Joel: The Definitive Biography

Fred Schruers

The all-access biography and unprecedented look at the life, career, and legacy of a pint-sized kid from Long Island who became a music legend.Exhibiting unparalleled intimate knowledge, Schruers chronicles Joel’s rise to the top of the charts, from his working-class origins in Levittown and early days spent in boxing rings and sweaty clubs to his monumental success in the seventies and eighti... read more

The all-access biography and unprecedented look at the life, career, and legacy of a pint-sized kid from Long Island who became a music legend.Exhibiting unparalleled intimate knowledge, Schruers chronicles Joel’s rise to the top of the charts, from his working-class origins in Levittown and early days spent in boxing rings and sweaty clubs to his monumental success in the seventies and eighti... read more

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Fred SCHRUERS

Rolling Stone Record Guide

Rolling Stone Press

This comprehensive reference rates and describes albums released in the U.S

This comprehensive reference rates and describes albums released in the U.S

Rolling Stone: The Complete Covers

Woodward, Fred, Wenner, Jann S., George-Warren, Holly

The Rolling Stone Interviews: Talking With the Legends of Rock & Roll, 1967-1980

John Carpenter, Ralph J. Gleason, Jann Wenner, Jonathan Cott, David Dalton, Happy Traum, Jon Landau, Greil Marcus, Rolling Stone Magazine, Ben Fong-Torres

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