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John Szwed

Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth


The popular image of Billie Holiday emphasizes the tragedy and notoriety of her life, her experiences of racism, drug addiction and abusive relationships, as much as the distinctive singing voice which conveyed such raw emotion. Drawing on recent academic work and a wealth of material rediscovered during the last decade, this centenary portrait ‘attempts to widen our sense of who Billie Holiday was‘ by stripping away the accumulation of myths to reveal her strengths and insecurities, wit and warmth. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.

Format: Hardcover
Published: in USA in 2015
Publisher: Viking Press
Pages: 230
Language: English
ISBN 13: 9780670014729
ISBN 10: 0670014729

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Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth