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Lady Sings the Blues the 50th Anniversary Edition

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Lady Sings the Blues is the fiercely honest, no-holds-barred autobiography of Billie Holiday, the legendary jazz, swing, and standards singing sensation. Taking the reader on a fast-moving journey from Holidays rough-and-tumble Baltimore childhood (where she ran errands at a whorehouse in exchange for the chance to listen to Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith albums), to her emergence on Harlems club scene, to sold-out performances with the Count Basie Orchestra and with Artie Shaw and his band, this revelatory memoir is notable for its trenchant observations on the racism that darkened Billies life and the heroin addiction that ended it too soon. We are with her during the mesmerizing debut of “Strange Fruit”; with her as she rubs shoulders with the biggest movie stars and musicians of the day (Bob Hope, Lana Turner, Clark Gable, Benny Goodman, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, and more); and with her through the scrapes with Jim Crow, spats with Sarah Vaughan, ignominious jailings, and tragic decline. All of this is told in Holidays tart, streetwise style and hip patois that makes it read as if it were written yesterday.

About the Author

Eleanora Fagan, who later took the name BILLIE HOLIDAY, was born April 7, 1915, and died when she was just forty-four, on July 17, 1959. Coauthor WILLIAM DUFTY (1916-2002) was a music enthusiast, freelance writer for the New York Post, and Gloria Swansons last husband.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780767923866
Author:
Holiday, Billie
Publisher:
Harlem Moon
With:
Dufty, William
Foreword by:
Ritz, David
Foreword:
Ritz, David
Author:
Billie Holiday with William Dufty
Author:
Foreword by David Ritz
Author:
Ritz, David
Author:
Dufty, William
Subject:
General
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Jazz
Subject:
Singers
Subject:
Women singers
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Singers -- United States.
Subject:
Holiday, Billie
Subject:
General Music
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
music;jazz;biography;autobiography;billie holiday;blues;non-fiction;memoir;history;usa
Copyright:
Edition Number:
50
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Harlem Moon Classics
Publication Date:
20060631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOS
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.18x5.58x.74 in. .59 lbs.

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