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Billy Joel
May 9, 1949 -
Nationality: American
Category: Musician
Subcategory: American Musician

Don't make music for some vast, unseen audience or market or ratings share or even for something as tangible as money. Though it's crucial to make a living, that shouldn't be your inspiration. Do it for yourself.


There's a deep-seated paranoia that Americans have about not being Americans or something.


When I was a young musician, the only option available to pursue secondary education in music was to attend a classical conservatory.


There's nothing better than good sex. But bad sex? A peanut butter and jelly sandwich is better than bad sex.


Most people are satisfied with the junk food being sold as music.


My songs are like my kids.


I don't know why people thought I was retiring.


In an age of incompetence, I've been able to last in this crazy business. I actually know how to play my ax and write a song. That's my job.


Musicians now find themselves in the unlikely position of being legitimate. At least the IRS thinks so.


I definitely prefer being a lover than a fighter.


I don't care what consequence it brings, I have been a fool for lesser things.


I keep telling people: Don't make me the poster boy for AA because I don't know a lot about sobriety, but I do know a lot about drinking.


Those who have expressed doubts and misgivings about their ability to live this kind of life shouldn't try, because being a musician is not something you chose to be, it is something you are.


Artist - musicians, painters, writers, poets, always seem to have had the most accurate perception of what is really going on around them, not the official version or the popular perception of contemporary life.


I've crashed my car three times.


Like family, we are tied to each other. This is what all good musicians understand.


I sold my house to Jerry Seinfeld.


I really wish I was less of a thinking man and more of a fool not afraid of rejection.


If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time.


The whole world loves American movies, blue jeans, jazz and rock and roll. It is probably a better way to get to know our country than by what politicians or airline commercials represent.


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