- 272 Pages
- Released: November 16, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Publisher: Billboard Books
Description by OLDIES.com:
Billy Joel - The Life & Times of an Angry Young Man takes an in-depth look at "the piano man," starting with his middle-class-poor Long Island, NY childhood and his years as a gang member, boxer, and working musician. With his breakthrough 1973 album Piano Man, Joel's story becomes one of unstoppable success. Author Hank Bordowitz covers those heady days, as well as the turbulent business dealings and bad advice that have colored his career. The book explores his big moments...including his inductions into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, his shift from popular to classical composition, his move to Broadway, as well as his personal struggles with broken marriages and substance abuse. Based on numerous interviews and enormous amounts of research, this biography gives a detailed picture of this complex man and his music.
The definitive biography of a pop giant!
From the groundbreaking "Piano Man" to "Just the Way You Are" to "Allentown" to "Uptown Girl" and dozens of other chart toppers, Billy Joel’s music has provided the soundtrack to millions of lives. His songs are etched in our memories, and his live shows are breaking sales records everywhere. His albums have sold more than 100 million copies, his singles have sold millions more, and 33 Joel songs have appeared on Billboard’s Top 40 charts since 1974. Here at last is the definitive biography of the brilliant and volatile artist Billy Joel. Interviews with Irwin Mazur, Joel’s first manager, Artie Ripp, Joel’s first producer, plus many others from every part of the musician’s life offer revealing glimpses of a man known for his outsize personal struggles as well as his phenomenal gifts. With dramatic new information on Joel’s legal battles and his substance abuse, plus his live concerts and Broadway show Movin’ Out, Billy Joel: The Life and Times of an Angry Young Man is an exciting, up-to-the-minute look at one of the great musical geniuses of our times.
• Everyone knows Billy Joel's music
• Recent tour sold out all over the country
• The only bio of Billy Joel in print today
• Hardcover ISBN 0-8230-8250-4
From the Trade Paperback edition.