Billy Joel: Shades of Grey In its ongoing, misbegotten attempt to attract a younger audience, PBS gives us Billy Joel: Shades of Grey ( PBS, Oct. 13, 9-10 p.m. ),… Documentary Music Billy Joel
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Billy Joel: Shades of Grey

Details Genres: Documentary, Music; With: Billy Joel; Distributor: PBS

In its ongoing, misbegotten attempt to attract a younger audience, PBS gives us Billy Joel: Shades of Grey (PBS, Oct. 13, 9-10 p.m.), a commercial-without- commercials for Joel's not-bad new album, River of Dreams. The show is utterly trite in structure (performance footage intercut with interviews) and is filled with cliches from the star (''I hate to write, but I love having written''—I hear ya, Billy!). Remember this pap when PBS tries to coax fund- raising bucks out of you. C-

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Originally posted Oct 15, 1994 Published in issue #192 Oct 15, 1993 Order article reprints