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By Joshua S. Duchan

ISBN-10: 1442242051

ISBN-13: 9781442242050

Despite his large luck, Billy Joel’s presents as a composer and commentator on American lifestyles are lengthy late for an intensive research. In Billy Joel: America’s Piano Man, track historian Joshua S. Duchan appears to be like on the occupation and song of this striking singer-songwriter, exploring the original methods Joel channels and transforms the cultural lifetime of a altering the US over 4 many years into bestselling track after tune and album after album.

Billy Joel has no longer constantly loved the acclaim of track critics, who've characterised his song as inauthentic and missing a area of expertise of fashion. Duchan corrects this false impression by means of exploring the intensity and measure to which Joel’s songs have interaction with social, cultural, political, and monetary matters. equipped through significant issues and together with unique interviews with Joel himself, Duchan’s ebook delves into Joel’s endeavors as a musician, lyricist, and commentator on questions of geography and regionalism, politics, operating- and middle-class tradition, human relationships, and the heritage of track itself. Duchan attracts on key songs from Joel’s profession to discover every one subject, from his folk-like lament for lengthy Island’s altering and way of life in “The Downeaster ‘Alexa’” to his emotional ode to Vietnam veterans in “Goodnight Saigon.”

Original interviews with Billy Joel mixture with Duchan’s enticing research to supply readers of all backgrounds and a while a brand new examine those unforgettable songs. song fans and historians of either the tutorial and armchair kind will locate this exploration of Joel’s paintings a lucrative event into America’s social, cultural, political, monetary, and—above all—musical history.

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