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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.
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November 17, 2014
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 o...
December 29, 2016
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 more now than I did a week ago (by the way, who in the HEL...
August 02, 2015
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...
November 25, 2014
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 tim...
October 10, 2014
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...
June 18, 2015
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 wri...
May 19, 2016
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 more like an oral history than a proper biography. Joel's is a sufficiently engaging personality, however, which somewhat ju...
December 26, 2014
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...
December 10, 2017
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 behi...
December 12, 2014
This is a good biography of Joel and in a way can be likened to an autobiography as it is mostly told in direct quotes from Joel himself. The story is that Billy was working on his biography and at a certain point handed the material and job over to Schruers, his official biographer. Thus, this i...