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Category: Biography & Autobiography
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.
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- Michael M Gray
Fascinating While it has been said that some of the details in this autobiography are inaccurate it nonetheless is the story that Lady Day wanted to tell and isn’t necessarily untrue. The book gives great insight into her persona.
LibraryThing Review Translating her voice is revealing. She doesn’t talk much about men and I’m sure she was a handful. She was treated so badly by whites and cops and blacks for that matter.
Lady SingsThe Blues I purchased this book as a gift for my daughter however has stated extremely interesting and was very pleased.
LibraryThing Review Lady Sings the Blues is a heart wrenching account of Billie Holiday’s life. It’s a bit confusing at times, but overall a very interesting read.
LibraryThing Review I have been a fan of Billie Holiday’s music for many years. I knew that she lead a hard life, but had no idea how hard until I read her autobiography. Her words are honest and frank–no holds barred
LibraryThing Review Eleanora Fagan was born April 7, 1915. Her mother was only 13 and her father was pretty much absent. Eleanora was raised by family while her mother worked; her childhood was painful and short. At 13
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Lady Sings the Blues the 50th Anniversary Edition (Harlem Moon Classics) Holiday’s quite candid biography (although some suspect she embellished parts of it) gets a new foreword and revised discography. Whether true or justmostly true, based on her continued stature, this title will be wanted by all music collections.
Billie Holiday: A Biography
Billie Holiday 1915 1959 the legendary jazz singer whose vocal stylings were deeply affecting continues to enthrall This biography conveys her hard luck youth career triumphs and then decline and early death At age 14 despite growing up with an absentee musician father little schooling a rape at 10 and jail time for prostitution this extraordinary girl moved to New York City to find work as a dancer or singer She soon became the toast of Harlem and went on to tour and record with the biggest names in jazz Holiday s career took off in the 1930s during the Depression and the biography evokes the era and atmosphere of the jazz club scene The state of race relations in the country is discussed as Holiday tours with white bandleaders such as Artie Shaw and even as she sings about lynching in the controversial Strange Fruit The narrative further chronicles Holiday s relationships descent into drug addiction the subsequent diminishment of her talent and tragic early death Readers today will then want to seek out Holiday s recordings to more fully appreciate her interpretations of the songs of that classic era
Billie Holiday: Her Life and Times
The life and times of Billie Holiday
I’m Gonna Lock My Heart (And Throw Away The Key): as performed by Billie Holiday, Popular Standard, Single Songbook
This Ebook contains the score of the song in C Major It includes Piano Vocals Chords The musical genre is Traditional Pop Die Originalversion von I m Gonna Lock My Heart And Throw Away The Key wurde 1938 veröffentlicht Von verschiedenen Künstlern wurden in den letzten Jahrzehnten zahlreiche Bearbeitungen des Songs angefertigt Die bekannteste Version stammt von Billy Holiday Mittlerweile gehört der Song zum Popular Standard Repertoire In dieser Ausgabe sind die Klaviernoten im Violin und Bassschlüssel enthalten Text Akkorde und Gesangsmelodie sind separat notiert
The Very Best of Billie Holiday Songbook: Lady Day: The Singer & The Songwriter
Piano Vocal Guitar Artist Songbook Two dozen songs are presented in this centenniel edition saluting jazz musician and singer songwriter Billie Holiday It includes piano vocal guitar arrangements of Billie s Blues I Love My Man Crazy She Calls Me Don t Explain Easy Living God Bless the Child Good Morning Heartache I ll Be Seeing You Lady Sings the Blues Now or Never Stormy Weather Keeps Rainin All the Time Strange Fruit Them There Eyes and more