Billy Joel: The Definitive Biography

February 12, 2020 - Comment

The all-access biography and unprecedented look at the life, career, and legacy of a pint-sized kid from Long Island who became a music legend. 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

The all-access biography and unprecedented look at the life, career, and legacy of a pint-sized kid from Long Island who became a music legend.

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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Anonymous says:

Pass the Prozac What a depressing biography this is.Like King Solomon of the Old Testament in the Book of Ecclesiastes, Billy Joel is further proof that you can have tons of money, loads of talent and fame, and gobs of beautiful women, yet still be utterly miserable. Critics of this biography (there have been several bios of Billy of recent) state that author Schruers is a bit too kind towards Joel and he leaves out much of the unpleasantness spewed by those who are, or who have been closest to…

Anonymous says:

from a long islander and an 80’s baby LA has James Taylor, the Midwest has Bob Seger, the south has John Fogerty. More locally, Brooklyn has Neil Diamond and Jersey has Bruce Springsteen, but on Long Island, our bard is unquestionably Billy Joel. His songs played from the cassette decks in our parents’ cars and then they playedinto from our Sony Discmans. Our kids will stream them to whatever device they’ll be using in the times to come.But the stories and the music they’re set to will be the same – completely endemic…

Anonymous says:

Levittown Piano Man This book is for fans. I grew up in Levittown as a baby boomer, too. Schruers did get one thing wrong. The local hangout wasn’t the Parkway Green. It was the Village Green as Joel mentions in one of his older songs, specifically the West Village Green (there was more than one). I haven’t read any other bios of Billy Joel and this one was pretty comprehensive going back to his grandparents. It went through the early days of struggle, his relationships, friendships with other musicians, the…

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