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Powerpoint: Scott Magat Song: Billy Joel

2 Lyrics Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, television North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe Rosenbergs, H-bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom Brando, The King and I and The Catcher in the Rye Eisenhower, vaccine, England's got a new queen Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye

3 CHORUS We didn't start the fire It was always burning Since the world's been turning We didn't start the fire No we didn't light it But we tried to fight it

4 Continue… Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser aand Prokofiev Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc Roy hn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, dacron Dien Bien Phu falls, Rock Around the Clock Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn's got a winning team Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Krushchev Princess Grace, Peyton Place, trouble in the Suez

5 CHORUS Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac Sputnik, Chou En-Lai, Bridge on the River Kwai Lebanon, Charlse de Gaulle, California baseball Starkweather, homicide, children of thalidomide Buddy Holly, Ben Hur, space monkey, Mafia Hula hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go U-2, Syngman Rhee, payola and Kennedy Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo

6 CHORUS Hemingway, Eichmann, Stranger in a Strange Land Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion Lawrence of Arabia, British Beatlemania Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British politician sex JFK, blown away, what else do I have to say

7 CHORUS Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock Begin, Reagan, Palestine, terror on the airline Ayatollah's in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan Wheel of Fortune, Sally Ride, heavy metal, suicide Foreign debts, homeless vets, AIDS, crack, Bernie Goetz Hypodermics on the shores, China's under martial law Rock and roller cola wars, I can't take it anymore CHORUS We didn't start the fire But when we are gone Will it still burn on, and on, and on, and on...

8 Work Cited

9 Billy Joel Billy Joel was born in Bronx, NY, May 4th, In 1953, Billy started playing the Piano and in 1963, Joel formed his first band. In 1971, he moves to California due to a band fight, and changed his name to Bill Martin. In 1978 he makes his first #1 album. In 1989, “We Didn’t Start the Fire” becomes #1 song and nominated for top record of the year, and then nominated for other personal awards. His latest album came out in 2007, earning him another platinum album (Sony Music Entertainment). BACK

10 Joe DiMaggio Giuseppe Paolo (Joe) DiMaggio Jr. was born on November 24, He grew up in San Francisco, CA, with his four brothers and four sisters. At age 17, he started to play minor league baseball with the San Francisco Seals. One year later, the New York Yankees purchased his contract for $25,000. When he appeared on the field for the first time, on May 3, 1936, twenty-five thousand cheering, flag-waving, Italian residents of New York showed up to welcome him to the team. In 1952, Joe retired and in 1955 he was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Joe DiMaggio died at his home in Hollywood, Florida, on March 8, 1999 (Advameg Inc). Lyrics

11 Elvis Presley In January, 1935, Elvis Aaron Presley, was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, with a twin brother, but the brother died at birth so Elvis was born and raised as a single child. Elvis’s first time singing in a crowd was when he was ten years old in a town talent show. In 1954, he started his official singing career in Memphis. In 1956, he became the international sensation that he is known for today. At age 36, he went into the army. He is regarded as one of the most important figures of twentieth century popular culture. Elvis died at his Memphis home, Graceland, on August 16, 1977 (Elvis Presley Enterprises). Back

12 Television In 1948, the first cable TV was produced. In 1950, the first colored television was produced. In 1953, the second colored TV was made. In 1956, the first VCR is also made along with the first remote control ever for the TV. In 1962, the first TV satilite was launched. In 1969, the first TV transmission from the moon to the Earth was sent. TV today is known as one of the few inventions which is still being innovated today (The New York Times Company). BACK

13 California baseball In 1958, the Brooklyn Dodgers have moved all the way from the east coast, all the way to the west. Once they changed, they were a strong force in the National League and won multiple league championships. In 8 out of 10 seasons, the Dodgers have never finished lower than second place in the league. In October of 1950, O'Malley became president and chief stockholder of the Dodgers, a position he would hold for 20 years. Through out the 1950s to the 1960s, the Dodgers was one of the best teams in the entire MLB (MLB Advanced Media). BACK

14 space monkey In 1958, Gordo, the very first monkey that was in space was launched. A lot of Americans thought that is was very wrong for them to launch a monkey into space, rather than an American citizen. On December 13th, 1958, Gordo landed back on Earth, but due to a technical error, the parachute never opened, and the Gordo sunk into the South Atlantic. On May 28th, 1959, the first pair of monkeys were launched into space, and they were both able to make it back to Earth and survive the landing. This led the goal of landing the first man on the moon, before the USSR (BBC). BACK

15 Joseph Stalin In the song, Joel was referring to the death of Joseph Stalin who died in Stalin served under Vladimir Lenin, who brought communism to Russia, and giving it the new name, Soviet Union. After Lenin died, Stalin replaced him. He killed many of his own men just to put fear into everyone else’s minds. Stalin was a huge influential person to all of the USSR, and although cruel to much of his followers, he was a very powerful and smart leader (Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.). BACK

16 British Beatlemania Alliteration – repeating the same consonant sound at the beginning of two or more words in close succession. Joel used this because during the times of the Beatles Fame in the USA, Americans called there time here British Bealtlemania BACK

17 The King and I and The Catcher in the Rye
Allusion – a reference to another piece of literature The reason why Joel uses an allusion in his song because he is referring to all of the famous moments during his time. The King and I and The Catcher in the Rye were two of the most famous books during the time and they had a huge influence on our culture today. BACK

18 Rock and roller cola wars
Hyperbole - exaggerated in order to create emphasis or effect The term “Rock and Roller Cola Wars” is referring to the battle between Coke and Pepsi. With Michael Jackson on the Pepsi side, and Elton John on the Coke side. Joel used this as his last piece of his song because this event was one of the 1980s. This is probably the brighter side of the song, first beginning with WW2 and the cold war, ending with the brighter side with a fun little battle. BACK

19 No we didn't light it But we tried to fight it
Rhyme - repetition of identical or similar concluding syllables in different words, most often at the ends of lines Joel used this because this is during the chorus of the song and it needs to be one of the most dominant parts of the song. This part of the song is the main message BACK

20 Rock Around the Clock Allusion - a reference to another piece of literature Rock Around the Clock was a very famous song during the time. It started from just a music-single, all the way to a feature-length movie. Joel was known to be a huge fan of the song growing up, so that is the main reason why he picked this to go into his own song. BACK

21 Theme of the Song BACK In 1989, Billy Joel had the idea to write a song that talked about all of the major events from 1949, which is when he was born, to He was talking about how his generation is not the reason for the world’s problems. Problems were always around and that it is not their fault for the problems in world during their time. Joel was tired of everyone blaming his generation for the problems, so that is why he wrote the song so people would know that it is not their fault.


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