Everyone knows that Billy Joel is from Long Island, New York, but if you've ever wanted to get a better sense of the places that he sings about in his songs, you can now do it online.
The Billy Joel "New York State of Mind" Landmarks website has just launched, featuring an interactive map of 50 locations in New York that are either connected to Billy's life, or are mentioned in his songs. You can navigate to places he's played, like Madison Square Garden or Yankee Stadium, or see, for example, exactly where the "Miracle Mile" is that Billy sings about cruising in "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" is located.
In keeping with this theme, a new digital five-track EP called Places is out on all streaming platforms, showcasing some of the locations on the map. The songs include "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)," "New York State of Mind," "Big Man on Mulberry Street," "Everybody Loves You Now" and "Miami 2017 (See the Lights Go Out on Broadway)." It's just the first in what will be a series of thematic EPs.
And if you want even more Billy, Walmart is now selling exclusive collectors' editions of six of his albums, pressed on 12-inch colored vinyl with photo inserts. Piano Man, The Stranger, 52nd Street, Glass Houses, An Innocent Man and Storm Front are all available, in different colors.
Both the website, the EP and the vinyl discs are part of the #50YearsofBilly celebration, recognizing 50 years since the release of his debut solo album, 1971's Cold Spring Harbor.
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