Songwriting Legend Billy Joel Will Receive Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize
23 Jul 2014
Singer, songwriter and pop legend Billy Joel will receive the Library of Congress' prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, according to RollingStone.com.
Previous recipients of the Gershwin Prize, which "celebrates the work of an artist whose career reflects lifetime achievement in promoting song as a vehicle of musical expression and cultural understanding," include Carole King, the first woman to receive the prize, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder, among others.
Joel discussed with Rolling Stone several ideas for upcoming concerts, assuring them, "I'd consider retiring if I didn't think I could do it well anymore...[but] I never said I intended to retire."
Joel, who was represented on Broadway with Movin' Out, recently launched a sit-down residency at Madison Square Garden with a promise to play there once a month; he also released a CD/DVD set of his famous 1987 performance in the Soviet Union, "A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.