Billy Joel

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-03-01
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books
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Angry Young Man is a look at the superstar's entire career, including his troubled youth as a gang member; the controversy surrounding his first hit, "Captain Jack"; his legal problems; his storied marriage with Christie Brinkley; and his continued artistic frustration. "The Beatles did 'Michelle' and 'Yesterday,'" he has said. "They also did 'Revolution' and 'Helter Skelter' and they weren't pegged as balladeers. But because I had hit singles that were ballads, I became known as a balladeer. I've always resented it." Joel - one of the top ten touring takes of the decade - has continued his standing road date with Elton John on the never-ending Two Pianos tour. It was one of the world's top-grossing tours in 2009, just behind U2 and Bruce Springsteen.

Author Biography

Hank Bordowitz is the international bestselling author of eight books on music, including biographies of three other Rock and Roll Hall of Famers-Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Marley, and Bruce Springsteen-and soon-to-be Hall of Famers U2. He lives and works in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. V
Foreword: Stranded in the Combat Zonep. VI
Introductionp. X
And Never Saw his Father Anymorep. 1
Children Lived in Levittownp. 7
You Might Have Heard I Run with a Dangerous Crowdp. 12
There's a New Band in Townp. 23
We All Fall in Love, But we Disregard the Dangerp. 34
So Much to do and Only so Many Hours in a Dayp. 41
The Things I Did not Know at First I Learned by Doing Twicep. 50
I Bring to You My Songsp. 57
A Good Reputation Laying on the Linep. 67
Sing us a Song, You're the Piano Manp. 73
She's Nobody's Foolp. 86
I Can Finally Find out What I've Been Looking Forp. 94
Everybody's All Excited by itp. 102
Doesn't Matter What They Say in the Papersp. 126
I Came Home to a Woman That I Could Not Recognizep. 136
A Fool Who's not Afraid of Rejectionp. 142
Made His Move on Christie Leep. 148
When You're Counting on a Killing, Always Count me inp. 156
Red Flags are Flyingp. 165
I Try to Keep Fightingp. 177
So Far She Hasn't Runp. 186
I Give My Time to Total Strangersp. 193
Could I Have Missed the Overturep. 201
Every Drunk Must Have His Drinkp. 212
I Saw the Lights go Out on Broadwayp. 218
Got a New Wifep. 226
Go Ahead with Your Own Lifep. 232
Another Serenader and Another Long-Haired Bandp. 239
I'm Trying Just to Get to Second Basep. 249
He Can't Understand why his Heart Always Breaksp. 257
I Can't Tell You More Than I've Told You Alreadyp. 274
That is the Storyp. 282
Afterword: I Write My Book and I Have My Say and I Draw Conclusionsp. 285
Album Chartsp. 288
Billboard 200 Albumsp. 288
Top Internet Album Salesp. 288
Top Classical Albumsp. 288
Singles & Tracksp. 289
Pop Singlesp. 289
The Billboard Hot 100p. 289
Adult Contemporaryp. 290
Club Playp. 291
Mainstream Rock Tracksp. 291
Top 40 Mainstreamp. 291
Grammy Awards & Nominationsp. 292
Other Awards & Honorsp. 293
Gold & Platinum Awardsp. 294
Platinum Albumsp. 294
Platinum Singlesp. 294
Gold Singlesp. 294
Gold Long-Form Videosp. 294
Platinum Long-Form Videop. 294
Bibliographyp. 295
Notesp. 306
Indexp. 326
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