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Striped Bass War, 20 Years On

Striped Bass War, 20 Years On

In East Hampton 20 years ago, it was nearly impossible not to see and hear that a significant part of our local heritage was going by the board — not without a fight, and not without great pain.

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New Billy Joel Q&A - Can You Explain A Comment You Made On Stage At Giants Stadium, Regarding The Press?

With this Q&A, we revisit a Master Class held at the Kelley Theatre at Fairfield University in 1996. Billy returned to the university having been given a Doctorate of Humane Letters in 1991. (Some students refer to Billy as “Dr. Joel.”) Billy was asked about a comment he made during a Face2Face concert at Giants Stadium at the end of July 1994. A local newspaper had made a preposterous charge that Billy and Elton's success was somehow in the way of young artists congregating at the New Music Seminar. Billy offers his rebuttal in the clip below.

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New Billy Joel Q&A - What Is The Story Behind The Song 'Through The Long Night?'

New Billy Joel Q&A - What Is The Story Behind The Song 'Through The Long Night?'

During a Q&A session at the Berklee College Of Music in 1992, Billy was asked about the meaning of his song "Through The Long Night" from his 1980 album "Glass Houses." His answer touches on the artwork of Picasso. You can watch this and other videos from our Billy Joel "Questions & Answers" lecture series.

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New Billy Joel Q&A - Being Known As The Piano Man, What Positive Or Negative Feelings Do You Have For That Song?

During a Master Class held at the Kelley Theatre on the Fairfield University campus in 1996, Billy was asked about the song that he is most identified with -- Piano Man -- and how he feels about the song years after its initial release in 1973. You can watch this in the video below and check out other videos from our Billy Joel "Questions & Answers" lecture series!

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Usher Samples 'Uptown Girl' On His New Track 'Can't Stop Won't Stop'

Usher - Looking 4 Myself

The new song, featuring will.i.am, synthesizes the "Uptown Girl" signature "Whoa oh ohs" to great effect. Popdust.com reviewed the track and calls the sample a "thought provoking ... attention-grabber." Look for Usher's upcoming album, "Looking 4 Myself," on iTunes now.

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New Billy Joel Q&A - When You Go On Tour, How Much Do You Rehearse And How Do You Deal With A Multi-Million Dollar Lighting Rig?

The latest video from our Billy Joel "Questions & Answers" lecture series covers the difficulty of planning and running a major concert tour. Billy talks about his work process and how her prefers not to over-rehearse his songs. You can watch his answer in the video below!

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New Billy Joel Q&A - What Was Your Inspiration For Writing 'Angry Young Man' And What Is Its Meaning?

During a Q&A session at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in April 1996, an audience member asked Billy a philosophical question about the song "Angry Young Man," and where the idea for the song originally came from. Billy explains the meaning of the song in our new Q&A video below. You can watch this and other videos from our Billy Joel "Questions & Answers" lecture series!

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Phillip Phillips Wins 'American Idol' Season 11. Congratulations!

Phillip Phillips Wins 'American Idol' Season 11. Congratulations!

Congratulations on your American Idol victory and your amazing rendition of "Movin Out." Well done Phillip Phillips, we cheer you on in the bigger things to come.

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Happy Birthday To Billy Joel!

Happy Birthday to Billy, who is celebrating his 63rd birthday today! Please share your birthday wishes to Billy in the comments below, or on Facebook and Twitter!

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New Billy Joel Q&A - Did Any Of Your High School Teachers Have An Impact On You?

This week's video from our Billy Joel "Questions & Answers" lecture series returns to C.W. Post College, where Billy was asked about his former Hicksville High School music teacher, Chuck Arnold. In his answer, Billy describes how he was fooling around on a piano, playing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23, when Mr. Arnold noticed his talent. That teacher encouraged Billy to become a musician. You can watch the video, a rough cut from 1996, below.

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Billy Joel A Fan Of Autistic 6-year-old Ethan Walmark's 'Piano Man' Viral Video

A 6-year-old's Billy Joel impression has garnered at least one high-profile fan: the Piano Man himself.

Autistic elementary school student Ethan Walmark gained viral fame this weekend as a series of videos featuring his renditions of famous songs rocketed around the Internet.

His precocious piano playing and adorable attitude quickly got the attention of Billy Joel, whose “Piano Man” Ethan covers in one of the clips.

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New Billy Joel Q&A - Could You Write A Piece Of Music For This Audience Tonight?

C.W. Post College has been a landmark venue in Billy's career. In 1977 he performed and broadcast a live show on WLIR, playing "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant" live there for the first time. He returned in February 1996 to present his "Evening of Questions & Answers and A Little Music," and received no shortage of questions. One question asked Billy to write a new song on the spot, which prompted him to explain the essence of his musical direction at that time.

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