Fred Schruers

Fred Schruers – Ghostwriter

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


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.
Biographies & Memoirs Entertainment
English (US)

Work experience


Jun, 2017 — Present

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

CBS Watch! Magazine

Jan, 2016 — Present

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.

GQ Magazine, Entertainment, Details Magazine, American Cinematographer, US Magazine, Men's Journal, Watch Magazine

Feb, 1995 — Present

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

Premiere Magazine

Jan, 1987 — Apr, 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.

Rolling Stone Magazine

Jan, 1980 — Mar, 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.


Rolling Stone Record Guide

Rolling Stone Press

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


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 workin... read more

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