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Billy Joel: The Biography

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Billy Joel ranks among rock'n'roll's most talented artists. This biography is the first in-depth portrait of a man who is the son of German Jews who fled the Nazi regime, including his childhood in the Bronx, his professional struggles, and his six Grammys. Billy Joel is also widely known for his professional struggles — his substance abuse problems, his marriage to Christ Billy Joel ranks among rock'n'roll's most talented artists. This biography is the first in-depth portrait of a man who is the son of German Jews who fled the Nazi regime, including his childhood in the Bronx, his professional struggles, and his six Grammys. Billy Joel is also widely known for his professional struggles — his substance abuse problems, his marriage to Christie Brinkley, and a string of car accidents. This is a portrait of a larger-than-life figure, featuring interviews with his bandmates and representatives from Columbia Records, an extensive examination of his diverse music tastes, and never-before-seen photographs.


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Billy Joel ranks among rock'n'roll's most talented artists. This biography is the first in-depth portrait of a man who is the son of German Jews who fled the Nazi regime, including his childhood in the Bronx, his professional struggles, and his six Grammys. Billy Joel is also widely known for his professional struggles — his substance abuse problems, his marriage to Christ Billy Joel ranks among rock'n'roll's most talented artists. This biography is the first in-depth portrait of a man who is the son of German Jews who fled the Nazi regime, including his childhood in the Bronx, his professional struggles, and his six Grammys. Billy Joel is also widely known for his professional struggles — his substance abuse problems, his marriage to Christie Brinkley, and a string of car accidents. This is a portrait of a larger-than-life figure, featuring interviews with his bandmates and representatives from Columbia Records, an extensive examination of his diverse music tastes, and never-before-seen photographs.

30 review for Billy Joel: The Biography

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chris Hoff

    What I liked most about this book is that the author helped "get" Billy Joel. Not that I didn't think I "got" Billy Joel before. Here's a guy with some baggage. He's a good guy - He's a jerk. It's all here. But one thing is unmistakable. He doesn't "settle" when it comes to music - and that's what I got. The book is an easy read and though the author gets somewhat bogged down in describing songs to us, it's been worse in other books. What I liked most about this book is that the author helped "get" Billy Joel. Not that I didn't think I "got" Billy Joel before. Here's a guy with some baggage. He's a good guy - He's a jerk. It's all here. But one thing is unmistakable. He doesn't "settle" when it comes to music - and that's what I got. The book is an easy read and though the author gets somewhat bogged down in describing songs to us, it's been worse in other books.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Scott Radway

    Horribly written, wrong information, bad editing. Unfortunately I don't think there's actually a good Joel bio out there -- I would suggest just reading a wikipedia bio and leaving it at that. Horribly written, wrong information, bad editing. Unfortunately I don't think there's actually a good Joel bio out there -- I would suggest just reading a wikipedia bio and leaving it at that.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    What is it with over detailing? This reader lost interest very quickly.

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    Louie Verile JR.

    Some people should not be allowed to write books

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