Billy Joel by Hank Bordowitz
The Life and Times of an Angry Young Man

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(Book). Billy Joel: The Life and Times of an 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.

About Hank Bordowitz

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Hank Bordowitz, a veteran music journalist, is the author of Bad Moon Rising, The Bruce Springsteen Scrapbook, The U2 Reader, and other books on rock artists. He has written rock criticism and commentary for hundreds of magazines and newspapers. He lives in Suffern, New York.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published March 1, 2011 by Backbeat Books. 338 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Then, after their divorce, we hear about Joel’s “long-stunted rock and roll libido.” Joel’s business and legal wrangles are largely public record, and that’s where Bordowitz spends considerable time.

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