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Lady Sings the Blues (Anniversary) (Paperback) (Billie Holiday)

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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 Holiday’s 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 Harlem’s 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 Billie’s life and the ****** 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 Holiday’s tart, streetwise style and hip patois that makes it read as if it were written yesterday.
Edition: Anniversary
Number of Pages: 231
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, Music
Sub-Genre: Instruction + Study / Voice, Composers + Musicians, Entertainment + Performing Arts, General, Genres + Styles / Jazz
Series Title: Harlem Moon Classics
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: Billie Holiday
Language: English
Street Date: July 18, 2006
TCIN: 11815224
UPC: 9780767923866
Item Number (DPCI): 248-24-7090

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