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Lady Sings the Blues: The 50th-Anniversay Edition with a Revised Discography (Harlem Moon Classics)
Lady Sings the Blues: The 50th-Anniversay Edition with a Revised Discography (Harlem Moon Classics)

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Manufacturer: Three Rivers Press
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Author(s): Billie Holiday, William Dufty

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Product Description:
Binding: Paperback
Brand: Holiday, Billie/ Dufty, William
EAN: 9780767923866
Edition: Anniversary
Feature: Three Rivers Press
ISBN: 0767923863
Item Dimensions: Array
Label: Three Rivers Press
Languages: Array
Manufacturer: Three Rivers Press
MPN: 9780767923866
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 2006-07-25
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Release Date: 2006-07-25
Studio: Three Rivers Press
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Three Rivers Press
Editorial Review:
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 photos and 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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