Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday Author John Szwed
ISBN-10 9781101614709
Year 2015-03-31
Pages 240
Language en
Publisher Penguin

• Kirkus Best Books of 2015 selection for Biography • Published in celebration of Holiday’s centenary, the first biography to focus on the singer’s extraordinary musical talent When Billie Holiday stepped into Columbia’s studios in November 1933, it marked the beginning of what is arguably the most remarkable and influential career in twentieth-century popular music. Her voice weathered countless shifts in public taste, and new reincarnations of her continue to arrive, most recently in the form of singers like Amy Winehouse and Adele. Most of the writing on Holiday has focused on the tragic details of her life—her prostitution at the age of fourteen, her heroin addiction and alcoholism, her series of abusive relationships—or tried to correct the many fabrications of her autobiography. But now, Billie Holiday stays close to the music, to her performance style, and to the self she created and put into print, on record and on stage. Drawing on a vast amount of new material that has surfaced in the last decade, critically acclaimed jazz writer John Szwed considers how her life inflected her art, her influences, her uncanny voice and rhythmic genius, a number of her signature songs, and her legacy. From the Hardcover edition.

Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday Author Meg Greene
ISBN-10 0313336296
Year 2007
Pages 122
Language en
Publisher Greenwood Publishing Group

Presents a biography of the African American woman who, despite a turbulent life, became one of the most famous singers in the history of jazz.

Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday Author Bud Kliment
ISBN-10 0870675613
Year 1990-05
Pages 155
Language en
Publisher Holloway House Publishing

Portrays the life and career of the famed jazz singer.

If You Can t be Free be a Mystery

If You Can t be Free  be a Mystery Author Farah Jasmine Griffin
ISBN-10 9780684868080
Year 2001-01
Pages 240
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster

Unravels the myths surrounding Billie Holiday and presents her as a dedicated artist who struggled with her own addictions and suffering to succeed as a singer.

Becoming Billie Holiday

Becoming Billie Holiday Author Carole Boston Weatherford
ISBN-10 9781629791739
Year 2014-10-07
Pages 120
Language en
Publisher Highlights Press

Before the legend of Billie Holiday, there was a girl named Eleanora. In 1915, Sadie Fagan gave birth to a daughter she named Eleanora. The world, however, would know her as Billie Holiday, possibly the greatest jazz singer of all time. Eleanora's journey into legend took her through pain, poverty, and run-ins with the law. By the time she was fifteen, she knew she possessed something that could possibly change her life—a voice. Eleanora could sing. Her remarkable voice led her to a place in the spotlight with some of the era's hottest big bands. Billie Holiday sang as if she had lived each lyric, and in many ways she had. Through a sequence of raw and poignant poems, award-winning poet Carole Boston Weatherford chronicles Eleanora Fagan's metamorphosis into Billie Holiday. The author examines the singer's young life, her fight for survival, and the dream she pursued with passion in this Coretta Scott King Author Honor winner. With stunning art by Floyd Cooper, this book provides a revealing look at a cultural icon.

Strange Fruit

Strange Fruit Author Gary Golio
ISBN-10 9781512438635
Year 2017-02-01
Pages 40
Language en
Publisher Millbrook Press

The audience was completely silent the first time Billie Holiday performed a song called "Strange Fruit." In the 1930s, Billie was known as a performer of jazz and blues music, but this song wasn't either of those things. It was a song about injustice, and it would change her life forever. Discover how two outsiders—Billie Holiday, a young black woman raised in poverty, and Abel Meeropol, the son of Jewish immigrants—combined their talents to create a song that challenged racism and paved the way for the Civil Rights movement.

Lady Day

Lady Day Author Robert O'Meally
ISBN-10 1559702001
Year 1993-10
Pages 207
Language en
Publisher Arcade Pub

A biography of the "First Lady" of modern jazz, based on newly released archival information, stresses her contributions to jazz singing instead of dwelling on her personal difficulties

Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday Author Donald Clarke
ISBN-10 9780786730872
Year 2009-04-24
Pages 508
Language en
Publisher Hachette UK

Certainly no singer has been more mythologized and more misunderstood than Billie Holiday, who helped to create much of the mystique herself with her autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues. "Now, finally, we have a definitive biography," said Booklist of Donald Clarke's Billie Holiday, "by a deeply compassionate, respectful, and open-minded biographer [whose] portrait embraces every facet of Holiday's paradoxical nature, from her fierceness to her vulnerability, her childlikeness to her innate elegance and amazing strength." Clarke was given unrivaled access to a treasure trove of interviews from the 1970s—interviews with those who knew Lady Day from her childhood in the streets and good-time houses of Baltimore through the early days of success in New York and into the years of fame, right up to her tragic decline and death at the age of forty-four. Clarke uses these interviews to separate fact from fiction and, in the words of the Seattle Times, "finally sets us straight. . .evoking her world in all its anguish, triumph, force and irony." Newsday called this "a thoroughly riveting account of Holiday and her milieu." The New York Times raved that it "may be the most thoroughly valuable of the many books on Holiday," and Helen Oakley Dance in JazzTimes said, "We should probably have to wait a long time for another life of Billie Holiday to supersede Donald Clarke's achievement."

Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday Author Magdalena Alagna
ISBN-10 0823936406
Year 2002-05-01
Pages 112
Language en
Publisher The Rosen Publishing Group

Discusses the life and career of one of the greatest jazz singers of the twentieth century, Billie Holiday.

Lady Day s Diary

Lady Day s Diary Author Ken Vail
ISBN-10 UOM:39015035659740
Year 1996-01
Pages 207
Language en
Publisher Plume

This book provides a month-by-month chronolo gy of Billie Holiday''s life from the day she joined Count Ba sie''s Orchestra in 1937 to her death in 1959. Included are l istings of her club and concert appearances and details of h er recording sessions. '

33 Revolutions per Minute

33 Revolutions per Minute Author Dorian Lynskey
ISBN-10 9780062078841
Year 2011-04-05
Pages 688
Language en
Publisher Harper Collins

Dorian Lynskey is one of the most prominent music critics writing today. With 33 Revolutions Per Minute, he offers an engrossing, insightful, and wonderfully researched history of protest music in the twentieth century and beyond. From Billie Holiday and Woodie Guthrie to Bob Dylan and the Clash to Green Day and Rage Against the Machine, 33 Revolutions Per Minute is a moving and fascinating portrait of a century of popular music that tried to change the world.

Lady Sings the Blues

Lady Sings the Blues Author Billie Holiday
ISBN-10 9780307786166
Year 2011-03-02
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Broadway Books

Originally released by Doubleday in 1956, Harlem Moon Classics celebrates the publication with the fiftieth-anniversary edition of Billie Holiday’s unforgettable and timeless memoir, updated with an insightful introduction and a revised discography, both written by celebrated music writer David Ritz. 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.

Torch Singing

Torch Singing Author Stacy Linn Holman Jones
ISBN-10 0759106592
Year 2007-01-01
Pages 217
Language en
Publisher Rowman Altamira

With an ethnographer's eye, Stacy Holman Jones provides a cultural critique of torch singing describing the genre as a rich drama of passiveness, deception, desire, and resistance."