By John Szwed
Kirkus top Books of 2015 choice for Biography •
Published in occasion of Holiday’s centenary, the 1st biography to target the singer’s outstanding musical talent
When Billie vacation stepped into Columbia’s studios in November 1933, it marked the start of what's arguably the main awesome and influential profession in twentieth-century well known song. Her voice weathered numerous shifts in public flavor, and new reincarnations of her proceed to reach, so much lately within the type of singers like Amy Winehouse and Adele.
Most of the writing on vacation has involved in the tragic information of her life—her prostitution on the age of fourteen, her heroin habit and alcoholism, her sequence of abusive relationships—or attempted to right the various fabrications of her autobiography. yet now, Billie vacation remains as regards to the track, to her functionality variety, and to the self she created and placed into print, on list and on stage.
Drawing on an unlimited volume of latest fabric that has surfaced within the final decade, seriously acclaimed jazz author John Szwed considers how her lifestyles inflected her artwork, her impacts, her uncanny voice and rhythmic genius, a few her signature songs, and her legacy.
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Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth by John Szwed