Billy Joel: The Definitive Biography
About the Book
Fred Schruers provides an unfettered look at into Billy Joel's journey from a pint-sized kid growing up in a cookie-cutter Long Island suburb to a rockstar of monumental success, and the person that remains behind his iconic status. After sitting down with Joel for over 100 hours of exclusive interviews, Schruers tells Joel's story with an unparalleled level of intimate knowledge. He recounts the bouts Joel fought in and out of the boxing ring, trying to assert himself in spite of his small stature, and the sweaty, weekend shows he played as a member of the Hassles. Schruers captures the spirit of a restless artist breaking into the 1970s songwriting scene in narrating the experiences and relationships that inspired the songs that helped define an era, such as "Only the Good Die Young" and "Always a Woman to Me," bringing to life stories that live within those songs. Throughout, the voices of Joel's inner circle and associates --- including the Mean Brothers and the road dogs, who lived much of the journey with him --- are heard in this all-access story of a beloved rock star's epic American story.