Billy Joel to Receive Library of Congress Gershwin Prize 2014

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This just in, folks. I’ll let someone else do the writing for a few minutes here

Rolling Stone’s Jon Blistein writes:

“Over his 50-year career, Joel has penned countless hits and racked up plenty of Grammy awards, honing his piano-playing skills and knack for melody and poignant storytelling along the way. “There is an intimacy to his songwriting that bridges the gap between the listener and the worlds he shares through music,” said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. “When you listen to a Billy Joel song, you know about the people and the place and what happened there. And while there may be pain, despair and loss, there is ultimately a resilience to it that makes you want to go to these places again and again.”

Previous recipients of the Gershwin Prize include Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, songwriting duo Burt Bacharach and the late Hal David. Last year, Carole King became the first woman to receive the honor.”

Read all about it in official press release from Library of Congress here

Read More on Rolling Stone website here