Saturday, August 23, 2008

Just stumbled on this report from 1981:

"Billy Joel, the singing star, testified in Federal District Court in Brooklyn in the trial of the Sam Goody record-store chain and two of its executives on charges of dealing in counterfeit cassette and eight-track tapes of popular music.

"About 4,000 allegedly bogus tapes of a Joel album, ''The Stranger,'' are among the 100,000 counterfeit tapes that the prosecution says are involved in the case. Mr. Joel testified that, generally speaking, purchasers of counterfeit tapes got less for their money because "you lose a certain amount of original fidelity and volume and a certain amount of quality."

"The courtroom was packed during Mr. Joel's one-hour appearance. At one point he was asked by Judge Thomas C. Platt to stop chewing gum while on the witness stand."


At 12:27 pm, Blogger Dominic Zero said...

Billy Joel chewing gum in court, he was so fucking cutting edge.
Actually saw him on telly doing a live concert in Russia on night back in the late '80s. He did like, a fifteen minute version of 'Uptown Girl' at the end.
We were V stoned & thought it was the best thing we'd ever seen.

At 7:06 pm, Blogger kek-w said...

He makes a great expert witness, doesn't he? "you lose a certain amount of original fidelity and volume and a certain amount of quality." - that's pretty specific lol.

I stranger-ly like Billy Joel; I'm not sure why.

I heard "We Didn't Start The Fire" up the Co-op recently and it sounded pretty good to my ears.

"he was so fucking cutting edge." lol. Later on, he grew a beard and started abusing alcohol pretty heavily. I've just been reading all about his rehab history. He crashed a lot of cars in a small period of time.

I'm currently writing something that's peppered with Billy Joel references, but I like to read stuff like this anyway...


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