By Joshua S. Duchan
Billy Joel has now not constantly loved the acclaim of song critics, who've characterised his track as inauthentic and missing a distinctiveness of favor. Duchan corrects this false impression through exploring the intensity and measure to which Joel’s songs have interaction with social, cultural, political, and fiscal concerns. prepared via significant issues and together with unique interviews with Joel himself, Duchan’s booklet 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 background of tune itself. Duchan attracts on key songs from Joel’s profession to discover each 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 combination with Duchan’s attractive research to supply readers of all backgrounds and a while a brand new examine those unforgettable songs. tune fans and historians of either the educational and armchair type will locate this exploration of Joel’s paintings a profitable experience into America’s social, cultural, political, fiscal, and—above all—musical history.
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Billy Joel: America's Piano Man (Tempo: A Rowman & Littlefield Music Series on Rock, Pop, and Culture) by Joshua S. Duchan