Billy Joel

Billy Joel The Long Awaited, All Access Biography Of A Music LegendIn Billy Joel, Acclaimed Music Journalist Fred Schruers Draws Upon 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. This book famously began as an autobiography until the 11th hour, when Billy Joel abruptly pulled it from the publishing schedule and paid back his advance, claiming he wasn t interested in getting into the nitty gritty of his personal life namely, his ex wives and girlfriends His co author on the project, Fred Schruers, still had hundreds of hours of personal interviews with Joel, so it seemed logical that he would take the reins and turn the book into an authorized biography.To be sure, when it focuses on the music, the book is highly informative, tightly written, and filled with juicy nuggets I m a diehard Springsteen fan, and I hadn t been aware how deep the connection and appreciation between the two went Joel is a great interviewee, smart and witty, possessing far self awareness than most of his rock brethren.Thing is, it s hard to see why Joel would have yanked the autobiography, but then authorized this For a man who says he doesn t believe in therapy or heavy introspection, Joel spends a substantial amount of time here doing heavy self analysis and myth making.The other problem with this book is with its subject Joel has not been a recording artist for
As I briefly mentioned in my updates, I love reading a biography or memoir where I can actually learn something about the person that I didn t know before going into the book That happened a lot with this book, and I love Billy Joel even now than I did a week ago by the way, who in the HELL ever decided Billy Joel wasn t cool This man is the epitome of cool Suffice to say, I loved this book And the fella who read it, Kirk, did a good job capturing different voices at least, until he hit the 90% mark This book has revved the engine for what might be my biggest Billy Joel kick ever I bought Turnstiles and 52nd Street last night because of this book, then went to the library this afternoon and found the full concert plus the documentary about the Last Play at Shea FANGIRLING.It was incredibly interesting to learn about the inspiration for Billy s songs, and I felt for him when he had to deal with all the shit his manager pull
An interesting look at both Billy Joel s life and behind the scenes of the big time music life including the record companies and touring mechanization The author doesn t pussy foot around Joel s marriages or his car accidents or his trips to rehab Joel s music has often seemed autobiographical and the stories behind the songs doesn t change my opinion about that What seems
When this book came across my desk at work one of the perks of being a librarian , it didn t matter that I was already reading three books that were due back in the library before this brand spanking new one would be It was a book about Billy Joel, who is not only my favourite singer of all time but is also one of my real life heroes Everything else HAD to go on hold until I could read this one Because his music is my one true love and true love lasts a life time.Now, some of the things brought up in this biography is stuff I was already well aware of his battle with depression, the collapse of his three marriages and some of the vague details behind them, the stories behind a few select favourite songs of mine But even the things I knew were further developed in this book than I had ever read or heard previously.And then there were some parts I had no idea about like the fact that my favourite song from his first album was, for all intents and purposes, his suicide note during his FIRST suicide attempt When I thought about the lyrics, I realised that I SHOULD have known that right from the off.I
Based on interviews with Joel, his friends, family, band mates and many others, this biography takes us from Billy Joel s family history all the way to the present Joel has long been one of my favourite singers and I cannot help agreeing with Elton John, that he is a bit of a conundrum, so I was very interested to find out about him I have never read a biography of his life before, although I was aware of the major events, but it was good to have a proper, thorough account of his life and career.The book begins with Billy Joel s family history, his childhood and difficult relationship with his father We move on to his early love of music and fledgling bands, such as The Hassles and Attila We follow his story from a stuttering start to his career although personally I love those first albums to the massive success of The Stranger There are management issues some of them extremely serious ones , record label worries and personal issues Billy Joel is totally open in this book discussing his marriages to Elizabeth, Christie Brinkley and Katie Lee, his problems with alcohol, his perceived fallings out with Elton John and Liberty De Vitto Along with the difficulties, there are also positive things His deep love for daughter Alexa, his regard for his loyal fans, the high spots of his career, such
Schruers definitive biography of Billy Joel relies so heavily on extended quotations mostly from Joel, but also from bandmates, friends, and ex wives that it reads like an oral history than a proper biography Joel s is a sufficiently engaging personality, however, which somewhat justifies the format The only real complaint is that much of the mid 70s mid 80s stretch of Joel s life and career, the part in which I believe most readers would be interested, is notably bereft of details, with entire album cycles sometimes being summed up in little than a page This isn t to say that the last two decades of Joel s life aren t worth study, but a bit nitty gritty about the recording sessions and the artistic drive and process behind them would be welcome Schruers does do a fine job of explicating Joel s lyrics as autobiography and weaving them throughout the narrative, but his and Joel s easygoing geniality and unwillingn
O.K Here s the deal If you re not a ridiculous, die hard fan of Billy Joel you ll like this book better than someone who is a super freak, Billy lover like moi and here s the reason why There s not a ton of information in this book that most people don t already know, some juicy bits to titillate curious beings, such as myself, etc., etc., etc., I also was not a fan o
I admit that although I am a Billy Joel fan I didn t know much about him I found this a fascinating account of his life and career It follows his quite difficult childhood.He started in a garage bands and writing music They persuaded him to record and he has had great success he has also written for a lot of the greats.He pours his feelings into his music and the piano has helped him through many turbulent times We hear about his married life and his many interests I really enjoyed
I think most celebrity biographies are dullest in the opening chapters and only really get interesting as the person s career takes off, but I had the opposite experience with Billy Joel Joel s family history is fascinating, for fans as well as anyone who cares about 20th century history in general, and his journey from Long Island to California and back again is generally fairly absorbing But Schruers focus on Joel s personal life ultimately works to the book s detriment, because once Joel s creative well dries up in the early 90s, the book only has his love life to talk about, and it becomes
Author Fred Schruers gives us an up close and personal view of the life of Billy Joel It took me longer than expected to read the book because I kept listening to the songs and watching the music videos the funniest was no doubt Uptown Girl that I saw through a new lens after reading the behind the scenes scoop As a non musician, this book gave me a whole new appreciation for how tough it is to make it in the music industry and the collateral damage that happens in building a career Billy Joel has had four wives and spent so

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  • 27 February 2017
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