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Billie Holiday: The Musician & The Myth

Author: John Szwed.

Billie Holiday: The Musician & The Myth

Author: John Szwed.

$7.98
Item #: D20283
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Publication Date: 2015
Publisher: William Heinemann
ISBN: 9781785150272
When 18-year-old Billie Holiday stepped into Columbia studios in 1933 to record "Riffin' the Scotch" and "Your Mother's Son-in-Law," she began one of the most remarkable careers in contemporary music, and remains an icon whose voice has weathered countless shifts in public taste, and whose musical influence is vast. Rather than focusing on the tragic details of her life or ... More
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When 18-year-old Billie Holiday stepped into Columbia studios in 1933 to record "Riffin' the Scotch" and "Your Mother's Son-in-Law," she began one of the most remarkable careers in contemporary music, and remains an icon whose voice has weathered countless shifts in public taste, and whose musical influence is vast. Rather than focusing on the tragic details of her life or trying to correct the many fabrications of her autobiography, the author of Alan Lomax considers Holiday as an artist, examining how her life inflected her singing, her influences, her uncanny voice and rhythmic genius, her singing style, a number of her signature songs, and her sweeping legacy.


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