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Lady Sings the Blues

Format:  Paperback,

224 pages

Edition: -50th Anniversa

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Jul 2006

ISBN-13: 9780767923866

ISBN-10: 0767923863

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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 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 Holiday's tart, streetwise style and hip patois that makes it read as if it were written yesterday.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Jul 2006
ISBN-13: 9780767923866
ISBN-10: 0767923863
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.6
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.0 x 0.5

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Review by Library Journal (2006-03-15)

Holiday's quite candid biography (although some suspect she embellished parts of it) gets a new foreword and revised discography. Whether true or just mostly true, based on her continued stature, this title will be wanted by all music collections.

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