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By Joshua S. Duchan

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

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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