Billie Holiday



Kirkus Best Books Of 2015 Selection For BiographyPublished 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 Countless Shifts In Public Taste, And New Reincarnations Of Her Continue To Arrive, Most Recently In The Form Of Singers Like Amy Winehouse And Adele.Most 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 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 Stage.Drawing 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 Legacy.Billie Holiday

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  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • Billie Holiday
  • John Szwed
  • English
  • 10 November 2017
  • 0670014729

10 thoughts on “Billie Holiday

  1. 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 understand the print self But what about the public self What about the persona she created, her unique approach to music That was something I wanted to read ...

  2. 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 unique and so enduring, examining the music she made and the genres that surrounded that music Szwed deals with Holiday s personal story, tragically self destructive as it was, only in terms of how it affected her music Most heartbreaking were his descriptions of the last two albums she recorded While critics an 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 unique and so enduring, examining the music she made and the genres that surrounded that music Szwed deals with Holiday s personal story, tragically self destructive as it was, only in terms of how it affected her music Most heartbreaking ...

  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 was.He presents Holiday as an artist continually evolving, manipulating her voice and the musical notes she per 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 was.He presents Holiday as an artist continually evolving, manipulating her voice and the mu...

  4. 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 evencompelling bio.

  5. says:

    I would like to come back to this book in its finished print edition I read an electronic galley and had some trouble with formatting sometimes hard to know who was speaking was it narrative or a quote from someone and other things like that That s one of the risks of reading a galley, print or electronic Overall, I really enjoyed this book I had a tough time getting into it the first section was primarily about the movie Lady Sings the Blues, which I had just seen I was confused as it I would like to come back to this book in its finished print edition I read an electronic galley and had some trouble with formatting sometimes hard to know who was speaking was it narrative or a quote from someone and other things like that That s one of the risks of reading a galley, print or electronic Overall, I really enjoyed this book I had a tough time getting into it the first section was primarily about the movie Lady Sings the Blues, which I had just seen I was confused as it felt like a study of the film, not a biography of Holiday, which waswhat I was expecting But looking at the subtitle, it really isn t a straight up biography Billie Holiday is at its strongest in th...

  6. 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 say, non fiction s my bag right now.A bloody awful book andthan a debate in print than a true novel I...

  7. says:

    Not a complete or always straightforward biography but an insightful and perceptive study of the artist.

  8. says:

    Excellent biography I really appreciate the historical, musical, and social context provided.

  9. says:

    Stuffy pedantic writing of facts vs myths of Billei Holiday s Lady Sings the Blues I love Billie Holiday but this book was horrible

  10. says:

    First part , interesting commentary and supplementary information to Lady Sings The Blues I don t think it would be so appreciated by someone who hadn t already read other biographies Second part analysing technical elements of appr...

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