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Billy Joel Featured in Upcoming PBS Doc About the Baby Boomer Era

Monday, August 11th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Rahoul Ghose/PBSBilly Joel is one of the celebrities featured in a new documentary focusing the baby boomer generation that will air next month on PBS as part of the network’s American Masters series.  The Boomer List will take a look at the many significant events that took place during the era, which ran from 1946 until 1964, through candid, talking-head interviews with 19 well-known baby boomers — each one born during a different year.

The luminaries will share their own experiences growing up as part of the baby boomer generation and their observations about the cultural, scientific and social changes that occurred.  Besides Joel, who was born in 1949, the movie also features Deepak Chopra, Samuel L. Jackson, Steve Wozniak, Tommy Hilfiger, Amy Tan, Maria Shriver, Kim Cattrall, Erin Brockovich, Rosie O’Donnell and John Leguizamo.

The Boomer List was directed by documentary filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, whose previous projects include The Black List, The Latino List, The Out List and Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart.  He says he came up with the idea for the flick when he learned that 2014 coincided with the 50th anniversary of the end of the boomer era.

“The film captures the boomer generation’s dynamic spirit through 19 distinct ‘American Masters’ who had a profound effect on our world, says Greenfield-Sanders.

In a trailer for the documentary, Joel shares his early impression of The Beatles.  “They didn’t look like movie stars,” notes the Piano Man.  “They were from Liverpool, which is even a worse-sounding name than Hicksville,” referring to the New York town where he grew up.

The Boomer List is scheduled to premiere on September 23 at 9 p.m. ET.


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