I've been a Billy Joel fan all my life and this book was full of astonishing stories, interviews and anecdotes that I have never read about him before. The interviews with former band members gave a fascinating glimpse into Billy's early days, while the contributions from current band members mean this book is bang up to date. The photos were also really interesting. This is more than just a biography and features contributions from loads of fansaround the world. Billy Joel fans will love this book - and I reckon Billy himself would even like it too!
Not unlike the author I am a lifelong Billy Joel fan. I have often read previous biographies with disappointment in that they rarely have anything different to say.Jon Brett's new book has,at last,finally broken this mould. He has cleverly managed to blend narrative with personal encounters to provide a completely different perspective of Billy Joel's career.Great care has been taken to interview a collection of people and musician ,some of whom have never been interviewed before, who reveal new material and anecdotal stories about Billy Joel and their time playing with him. In addition,a combination of the author's personal journey as a fan, great photographs and wonderful comments from Billy Joel fansfromaround the world made this an absorbing read.I am definitely An Innocent Fanfan !
This is one of the most interesting books i've ever read about Billy Joel. Interspersed between interviews with band members and friends, past and present, we share Jon's experiences at Billy Joel concerts, meeting some of the people closest to Billy and his pilgrimage to Long Island to visit famous 'Billy Joel haunts' in an effort to meet the man himself. Jon's writing style is very easy to read, full of humour and i found out so much more about Joel than i ever read in any of the other biographies available. I also liked the little contributions from Billy Joel fansfromaround the world, that was a great touch! Congratulations Jon, i look forward to reading more of your work!