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• Kirkus Best Books of 2015 selection for Biography  •Published in celebration of Holiday’s centenary the first biography to focus on the singer’s extraordinary musical talentWhen Billie Holiday stepped into Columbia’s studios in November 1933 it marked the beginning of what is arguably the most remarkable and influential career in twentieth century popular music Her voice weathered c. A must read not only for Billie Holiday fans but for anyone with even a passing interest in musical history Well written and meticulously researched the author John Szwed director of the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University knows his stuff and disabuses the oft mistaken notion that Holiday was primarily a blues singer and not the masterful jazz singer that she actually wasHe presents Holiday as an artist continually evolving manipulating her voice and the musical notes she performed in a way that has rarely if ever been seen by any singer before or since Rather than focusing on her tragic history which by now is well known Szwed showcases her music instead her raw talent and the history of many of the songs she is best known for Body and Soul God Bless the Child and Strange Fruit among others The story of Strange Fruit in particular a song about lynching during the Jim Crow era is a fascinating read in its own right particularly because Holiday first sang it publicly in 1939 decades before the Civil Rights movement Published in conjunction with Miss Holiday s 100th birthday this book deserves a wide readership if only to correct some of the misunderstandings surrounding one of our national treasures Highly recommended

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Billie Holiday

Ountless shifts in public taste and new reincarnations of her continue to arrive most recently in the form of singers like Amy Winehouse and AdeleMost of the writing on Holiday has focused on the tragic details of her life her prostitution at the age of fourteen her heroin addiction and alcoholism her series of abusive relationships or tried to correct the many fabrications of her autobiography Bu. This book renewed my intrigue in Lady Day I loved learning about the descriptions of her personality sometimes rough profane caustic and vengefulwitty kindand perceptive 107 Szwed doesn t deny that she had a drug addiction but he doesn t penalize her for her shortcomings It relieved me He focused on her legend and her musicianship for which lovers of Lady Day ought to be grateful

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T now Billie Holiday stays close to the music to her performance style and to the self she created and put into print on record and on stageDrawing on a vast amount of new material that has surfaced in the last decade critically acclaimed jazz writer John Szwed considers how her life inflected her art her influences her uncanny voice and rhythmic genius a number of her signature songs and her lega. It was okThe first section of the book was very interesting and kept my attention completely I feel like the second section of the book was like reading a boring dossier I could hardly keep my eyes open to read the last section of the book


10 thoughts on “Billie Holiday

  1. says:

    oops It was actually the paperback version I read but that's okay When my brain clears from flu fog I'll be back to write about this book but

  2. says:

    The concept of The Musician and the Myth was very intriguing as most bios take a rather conventional approach In the average book focusing on a performer you get a chronological look at their private lives with a a dutiful glance at his or her career and almost always they use the career as a way to further un

  3. says:

    A must read not only for Billie Holiday fans but for anyone with even a passing interest in musical history Well written and meticulously researched the author John Szwed––director of the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University––knows his stuff and disabuses the oft mistaken notion that Holiday

  4. says:

    Probably the best book I've read about Billie Holiday and the genius of her musical talent Szwed takes the long view on Holiday focusing his sights on what made her vocalizations so uniue and so enduring examining the music she made

  5. says:

    Billie Holiday The Musician and the Myth by John Szwed is a free NetGalley ebook that I read while on a roadtrip to Chicago because what can I s

  6. says:

    This book renewed my intrigue in Lady Day I loved learning about the descriptions of her personality sometimes rough profane caustic and venge

  7. says:

    Fact filled informative biography of Billie Holiday which also provides excellent information about the evolution of blues jazz RB and other popular American music Better editing would have made this an even compelling bio

  8. says:

    Good review of her recorded work

  9. says:

    It was okThe first section of the book was very interesting and kept my attention completely I feel like the second section of the book was like reading a boring dossier I could hardly keep my eyes open to read the last section of the book

  10. says:

    This book ended up being a biography based on an autobiography written while she was still alive It was interes