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Billie's Blues: The Billie Holiday Story, 1933-1959 (Da Capo Paperback)

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Anyone who has ever heard a Billie Holiday record knows the sound of her voice—sad, sexy, always relaxed but securely aware of the beat. Conveying a poignancy that cut to the heart of a song, she redeemed even trivial material with her impeccable sense of dramatic phrasing and time. The well-known tale of her lifelong battle with drugs has obscured the artistry that has made her one of the most revered singers of the twentieth century. Everyone from Frank Sinatra (who in the 1950s called her ”unquestionably the most important influence on American popular singing in the last twenty years”) to Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan has recognized the singularity of her interpretations. The racism that Billie found at every turn, whether in Artie Shaws band or in the heart of the south, immortalized in the chilling song ”Strange Fruit,” cannot be overlooked in her biography. Jazz historian John Chilton has told the story of her short, tragic, influential career with restraint, correcting many of the more sensational tales she wrote about herself in Lady Sings the Blues. Buck Clayton, who knew Billie in the Basie band during the nineteen-thirties, has written a warm and personal foreword to this fascinating biography of a great American artist.

Synopsis:

Jazz historian John Chilton has told the story of her short, tragic, influential career with restraint, correcting many of the more sensationalist tales she wrote about herself.

Synopsis:

"Anyone who has ever heard a Billie Holiday record knows the sound of her voice—sad, sexy, always relaxed but securely aware of the beat. Conveying a poignancy that cut to the heart of a song, she rede"

Synopsis:

Buck Clayton, who knew Billie in the Basie band during the nineteen-thirties, has written a warm and personal foreword to this fascinating biography of a great American artist.

About the Author

A professional trumpeter and jazz writer, John Chilton is the author of Billie's Blues, Who's Who of Jazz, and with Max Jones, Louis: The Louis Armstrong Story.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780306803635
Foreword:
Clayton, Buck
Author:
Clayton, Buck
Foreword by:
Clayton, Buck
Foreword:
Clayton, Buck
Author:
Chilton, John
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Jazz
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Country & Folk
Subject:
History, reference and criticism
Subject:
Singers
Subject:
Singers -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Jazz
Subject:
General Music
Subject:
Holiday, Billie
Subject:
Music - Jazz
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Da Capo Paperback
Series Volume:
no. 385
Publication Date:
19890931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 9.6 oz

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Product details 272 pages Da Capo Press - English 9780306803635 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Jazz historian John Chilton has told the story of her short, tragic, influential career with restraint, correcting many of the more sensationalist tales she wrote about herself.
"Synopsis" by ,
"Anyone who has ever heard a Billie Holiday record knows the sound of her voice—sad, sexy, always relaxed but securely aware of the beat. Conveying a poignancy that cut to the heart of a song, she rede"
"Synopsis" by , Buck Clayton, who knew Billie in the Basie band during the nineteen-thirties, has written a warm and personal foreword to this fascinating biography of a great American artist.
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