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Lady Sings the Blues

By Billie Holiday, 1915-1959

With photos
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.

Format

Book

Availability

Publish Date

2006

ISBN

0767923863


Format: Book
Author: Holiday, Billie, 1915-1959
Title: Lady sings the blues / Billie Holiday wilth William Dufty ; foreword by David Ritz.
Publisher Date: New York : Harlem Moon/Broadway Books, 2006.
Subject: Holiday, Billie, 1915-1959.
Isbn: 0767923863 9780767923866
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Call Number: B Holiday
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Bib Id: 251414

Format: Book
Author: Holiday, Billie, 1915-1959
Title: Lady sings the blues / Billie Holiday wilth William Dufty ; foreword by David Ritz.
Edition: 50th anniversary ed., 1st Harlem Moon trade pbk. ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Harlem Moon/Broadway Books, 2006.
Description: xv, 231 p. ; 21 cm. + 1 sound disc (4 3/4 in.)
Subjects: Holiday, Billie, 1915-1959.
Other Title: Billie Holiday : 50th anniversary companion CD
Notes: Includes discography (p. 227-231).
ISBN: 0767923863
ISBN: 9780767923866
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: B Holiday