Billie Holiday by Donald Clarke

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  • Title: Billie Holiday
  • Author: Donald Clarke
  • Category: Music
  • Date: April 2009
  • Lenguage: English
  • Pages: unknown
  • ISBN: 9780306811364

 

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Certainly no singer has been more mythologized and more misunderstood than Billie Holiday, who helped to create a lot of the mystique herself together with her autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues . “Now, lastly, now we have a definitive biography,” mentioned Booklist of Donald Clarke’s Billie Holiday , “by a deeply compassionate, respectful, and open-minded biographer [whose] portrait embraces each side of Holiday’s paradoxical nature, from her fierceness to her vulnerability, her childlikeness to her innate magnificence and wonderful energy.” Clarke was given unequalled entry to a treasure trove of interviews from the 1970sinterviews with those that knew Lady Day from her childhood within the streets and good-time homes of Baltimore by way of the early days of success in New York and into the years of fame, proper as much as her tragic decline and demise on the age of forty-four. Clarke makes use of these interviews to separate reality from fiction and, within the phrases of the Seattle Times , “lastly units us straight. . .evoking her world in all its anguish, triumph, drive and irony.” Newsday referred to as this “a totally riveting account of Holiday and her milieu.” The New York Times raved that it “could be the most totally precious of the numerous books on Holiday,” and Helen Oakley Dance in JazzTimes mentioned, “We ought to most likely have to attend a very long time for an additional lifetime of Billie Holiday to supersede Donald Clarke’s achievement.” much less Da Capo Press ; April 2009

 

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