Billy Joel

Billy Joel

The Definitive Biography

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Random House, Inc.
The long-awaited, all-access biography of a music legend

In Billy Joel, acclaimed music journalist Fred Schruers draws upon more than one hundred hours of exclusive interviews with Joel to present an unprecedented look at the life, career, and legacy of the pint-sized kid from Long Island who became a rock icon.

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 eighties. He also explores Joel’s creative transformation in the nineties, his dream performance with Paul McCartney at Shea Stadium in 2008, and beyond.

Along the way, Schruers reveals the stories behind all the key events and relationships—including Joel’s high-profile marriages and legal battles—that defined his path to stardom and inspired his signature songs, such as “Piano Man,” “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” “New York State of Mind,” and “She’s Always a Woman.” Throughout, he captures the spirit of a restless artist determined to break through by sharing, in his deeply personal lyrics, the dreams and heartbreaks of suburban American life.

Comprehensive, vibrantly written, and filled with Joel’s memories and reflections—as well as those of the family, friends, and band members who have formed his inner circle, including Christie Brinkley, Alexa Ray Joel, Jon Small, and Steve Cohen—this is the definitive account of a beloved rock star’s epic American journey.

Baker & Taylor
Draws on exclusive interviews to profile the acclaimed music artist's life and career, discussing such topics as his Long Island suburb upbringing, entry into the 1970s music scene and relationships with his closest associates. 100,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

Draws on exclusive interviews to profile the acclaimed musician's life and career, discussing such topics as his upbringing in the Long Island suburbs, entry into the 1970s music scene, and relationships with his closest associates.
Schruers provides an unfettered look at into Billy Joel's journey from a pint-sized kid growing up in a cookie-cutter Long Island suburb to a rockstar of monumental success, and the person that remains behind his iconic status.

Publisher: New York : Crown Archetype, [2014]
New York : Crown Archetype, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780804140195
0804140197
Branch Call Number: B JOEL 2014
Characteristics: 387 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Jeffsuke
Oct 13, 2015

Started out promising and went down hill from there. Early history up to Piano Man was well documented after that many parts of his life were very vague.
Ends up being a love letter to Joel which I'm ok with but not a thorough bio.
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