Keeping The Faith

Billy Joerl biography


“Moving on is a chance you take
Every time you try to stay Together
You say a word out of line and you find
The friends that you had are gone.

Billy Joel “Say Goodbye To Hollywood”

Relating a tale from the Class of ’82 in presenting a couple of books on condominium ownership got me galloping down memory lane to a time when life was lived to a soundtrack of Billy Joel (especially Glass Houses and The Stranger) Supertramp (Breakfast In America), Styx and a few others that are or aren’t still big names in music these days. And that’s a perfect frame of mind in which to read and review Billy Joel: The Biography by Mark Bego.

“You may be right
I may be crazy
But it just may be a lunatic you’re looking for
Turn out the lights
Don’t try to save me
You may be wrong for all I know you may be right”

Billy Joel– “You May Be Right”

Biographies of living celebrities tend to come in only two flavors– the very softball sort that reads like the author was on the payroll of the celebrity’s PR firm, and who knows maybe he Was OR the Kitty Kelly Kremates variety where Everyone with an axe to grind has been painstakingly unearthed and the axe it does get ground sort, which will send any self-respecting celebrity rushing to hire a new PR firm. For Billy Joel fans, Mark Bego writes somewhere in between these extremes.

Reports that Joel can be bitter and rude and stories that he has been stingy and unfair to the band members whose hard work clearly contributed to his rise to major success in the music business are not glossed over and the people behind these reports are quoted at length and given the opportunity to provide a nuanced look at the complicated truth behind these hot rumors. For anyone who as I did grew up listening to the story of Brenda and Eddie, longing like Anthony to ditch the shitty job, jump in a fast car and Move Out this biography is Highly Recommended.

And of course, if this music does Nothing for you, you don’t need me to tell you you’d be bored silly so don’t bother.