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The Words and Music of Billy Joel

The Words and Music of Billy Joel

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This detailed exploration looks at the musical works of recording artist Billy Joel and his impact on popular culture.

Billy Joel skyrocketed to popularity in 1977 with his fifth album, The Stranger, and he has been a major American artist ever since. His songs are timeless and appreciated by generations of fans. The Words and Music of Billy Joel examines this influential musician's songs in detail, exploring the meaning of the lyrics and placing Joel's artistry in a regional and cultural context.

Covering work that ranges from Joel's recordings with the Lost Souls to his classical compositions, the book focuses on the dozen studio albums of popular music released between 1971 and 1993. A bibliographic essay is included, as are both a discography and a filmography. There is also a special focus on the interpretation of Joel's songs by other recording artists.

Author: Ken Bielen
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Published: 07/22/2011
Pages: 208
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.10lbs
Size: 9.30h x 6.20w x 0.90d
ISBN: 9780313380167

Review Citation(s):
Reference and Research Bk News 10/01/2011 pg. 166

About the Author

Ken Bielen, PhD, is director of the Office of Grants Management at Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN.

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