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Billy Joel - The Definitive Biography

Fred Schruers

The long-awaited, all-access biography of a music legend 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.

The long-awaited, all-access biography of a music legend 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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The long-awaited, all-access biography of a music legend 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kirk Thornton

Length:

12h 59m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:27


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:06


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:50


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:46


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:45


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:44


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:33


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:37


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:22


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:31


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:03


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:21


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:36


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:27


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:33


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:46


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:10


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:24


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:19


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:13


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:15


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:15


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:39


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:20


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:59


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:15


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:49


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:06


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:13


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:16


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:36


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:27


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:52


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:27


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:46


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:19


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:47


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:01


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:37


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:08


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:19


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:25


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:23


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:08


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:15


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:38


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:29


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:59


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:07


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:52


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:51


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:08


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:43


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:58


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:57


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:31


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:34


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:01


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:41


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:28


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:26


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:18


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:57


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:28


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:55


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:54


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:50


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:32


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:04


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:16


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:15


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:10


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:55


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:56


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:15


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:17


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:13


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:19


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:08


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:03


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:03


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:25


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:20


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:04


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:12


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:21


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:07


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:50


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:09


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:59


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:41


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:54


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:45


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:40


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:31


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:01


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

02:08


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:08


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:31


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:09


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:39


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:08


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:58


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:22


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:30


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:06


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:38


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:01


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:47


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:20


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:11


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:51


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

02:38


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:42


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:53


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:44


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:39


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:01


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:17


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:46


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:18


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:34


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:30


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:42


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:35


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

03:59


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:00


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

03:39


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

05:04


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

04:41


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

05:08


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

05:16


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

05:16


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

05:17


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

04:02


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

05:10


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

05:19


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

05:03


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

05:15


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

05:05


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

04:42


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

04:47


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

04:28


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

04:50


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

04:21


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

04:00


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

05:18


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

05:15


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

04:46


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

05:28


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

04:59


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

05:08


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

05:18


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

05:25


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

05:05


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

05:00


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

04:53


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

04:58


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

04:52


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

05:21


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

05:53


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

00:24