Billy Joel by Fred Schruers

By Fred Schruers

The long-awaited, all-access biography of a song legend

In Billy Joel, acclaimed track journalist Fred Schruers attracts upon multiple hundred hours of particular interviews with Joel to offer an unparalleled examine the lifestyles, occupation, and legacy of the pint-sized child from big apple who grew to become a rock icon.

Exhibiting extraordinary intimate wisdom, Schruers chronicles Joel's upward push to the head of the charts, from his working-class origins in Levittown and early days spent in boxing earrings and sweaty golf equipment to his enormous good fortune within the seventies and eighties. He additionally explores Joel's inventive transformation within the nineties, his dream functionality with Paul McCartney at Shea Stadium in 2008, and beyond.

Along the way in which, Schruers finds the tales in the back of all of the key occasions and relationships--including Joel's high-profile marriages and felony battles--that outlined his route to stardom and encouraged his signature songs, resembling "Piano Man," "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant," "New York country of Mind," and "She's continuously a Woman." all through, he captures the spirit of a stressed artist decided to wreck via by way of sharing, in his deeply own lyrics, the goals and heartbreaks of suburban American life.

Comprehensive, vibrantly written, and packed with Joel's thoughts and reflections--as good as these of the kin, buddies, and band contributors who've shaped his internal circle, together with Christie Brinkley, Alexa Ray Joel, Jon Small, and Steve Cohen--this is the definitive account of a cherished rock star's epic American trip.

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Shortly before noon on 14 March, Khartoum’s palms and minarets emerge from a red dust haze downriver. ” PART ONE 1910–1913 The epigraphs at the head of every chapter are taken from the poems of Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869–1935), whom Theodore Roosevelt rescued from poverty and obscurity in 1905. He went on to win three Pulitzer Prizes. CHAPTER 1 Loss of Imperial Will Equipped with unobscured intent He smiles with lions at the gate, Acknowledging the compliment Like one familiar with his fate.

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