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Lady Sings the Blues: The 50th-Anniversay Edition with a Revised Discography

Lady Sings the Blues: The 50th-Anniversay Edition with a Revised Discography
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  • Three Rivers Press
Lady Sings the Blues: The 50th-Anniversay Edition with a Revised Discography
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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 Holidays 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 Harlems 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 Billies 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 Holidays tart streetwise style and hip patois that makes it read as if it were written yesterday



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