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• Kirkus Best Books of 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 it marked the beginning of what is arguably the most remarkable and influential career in twentieth century popular music Her voice weathered countles. 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 for now I really really enjoyed reading it It offers a number of insights not only into Holiday as an individual but also into her somewhat controversial Lady Sings the Blues into her music and into the history of those who came before her musically At the same time the author is savvy enough to note that some secrets still linger about her life so anyone looking for a tell all sort of thing won t get it here I have loved Holiday s music forever so for me this was definitely a must read soon

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W 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 legac. 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

John Szwed ¹ 5 Read

S 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 But no. 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 say non fiction s my bag right nowA bloody awful book and than a debate in print than a true novel It s basically written in thirds13 These other books are not like my book23 These singers are not like Billie Holiday33 These songwriters did not write her songsI insist and repeat bloody awful

  • Hardcover
  • 240
  • Billie Holiday
  • John Szwed
  • English
  • 05 April 2017
  • 9780670014729

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 for now I really really enjoyed reading it It offers a number of insights not only into Holiday as an individual but also into her somewhat controversial Lady Sings the Blues into her music and into the history of those who came before her musically At the same time the author is

  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

  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 was primarily a blues singer and not the masterful jazz singer that she actually wasHe presents Holiday as an artist continually ev

  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

  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

  6. says:

    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

  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 sec

  10. says:

    This book ended up being a biography based on an autobiography written while she was still alive It was interesting in a few parts but

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