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Nd onstage   Drawing on a vast amount of new material that has surfaced in the last decade critically acclaimed jazz writer and musician John Szwed presents not just a biography but a meditation on Billie Holiday’s art and its relation to her life Along the way he illuminates her influences her uncanny voice and rhythmic genius her signature songs including Strange Fruit and God Bless the Child and her enduring legacy as the greatest jazz singer of all tim. Good review of her recorded work Beautiful Bandit (Lone Star Legends, that has surfaced in Daddy Rapes His Little Daughter During School 2 Story Bundle the last decade critically acclaimed jazz writer and musician John Szwed presents not just a biography but a meditation on Billie Holiday’s art and its relation Tetris to her life Along The Supreme Wisdom Lessons by Master Fard Muhammad (full color version) the way he illuminates her influences her uncanny voice and rhythmic genius her signature songs including Strange Fruit and God Bless Fedrekult fra norsk folkeliv i hedensk og kristen tid the Child and her enduring legacy as Facts of Life the greatest jazz singer of all Passenger 13 (Ben Hope, tim. Good review of her recorded work

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Ngers 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 Billie Holiday strips away the myths and puts her music front and center staying close to her artistry her performance style and the self she created and put on record a. 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 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 and biographers pan or ignore them Szwed is able to see them in a different light The next to last album that Holiday recorded Lady in Satin was less than a year before the damage from years of alcohol and drug abuse prematurely ended the singer s life She was already in declining health and her voice reflected that Yet Szwed points out that in spite of all the obstacles besetting Holiday she retained her vocalization abilities and in this one area of her life she retained an incredible discipline that is hard to imagine given the physical shape she was inEven incredulous is Holiday s last recorded album Last Recordings released posthumously after her death in 1959 She was so sick by then with her liver and heart failing rapidly that she had to be held sitting upright in a chair by her secretary in short sessions which are reflected on the album as many of the songs are faded by the studio engineers at the end because Holiday ran out of energy so uickly while recording the album Again the irony of the fortitude and discipline that Holiday had for music is juxtaposed with her inability to shake the addictions that caused the organ failures that led to her deathFor a music lover the bulk of the discussion of this book on the story behind the music is a goldmine of information not just about Holiday but about the bigger picture of jazz the blues bebop swing and the pop music of the 1930 s 1940 s and 1950 s It s technical but not inaccessible the technical sheds light on what it was that made Holiday uniue in an illustrious group that included the likes of Ella Fitzgerald Ethel Waters Sarah Vaughn Lena Horne and Eartha Kitt The Seeds of Time the writing on Holiday has focused on The New Black the Third Time Lucky (Oxford Blue, tragic details of her life her prostitution at Two Hours the age of fourteen her heroin addiction and alcoholism her series of abusive relationships or Finding Us (Finding, tried The Christmas Killer the myths and puts her music front and center staying close The Fall of the House of Usher/The Pit & the Pendulum/Other Tales of Mystery & Imagination to her artistry her performance style and The Lost Revolution the self she created and put on record a. Probably Marion Mahony Reconsidered the best book I ve read about Billie Holiday and The Girl in the Glass Tower the genius of her musical The Great Divide talent Szwed The Lady and the Peacock takes Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith the long view on Holiday focusing his sights on what made her vocalizations so uniue and so enduring examining The Real Deal the music she made and The Holy Roman Empire 1495-1806 the genres The Penguin Book of Dutch Short Stories tragically self destructive as it was only in The Winter of the Lions terms of how it affected her music Most heartbreaking were his descriptions of The Malay Archipelago, the land of the orang-utan and the bird of paradise; a narrative of travel, with studies of man and nature - Volume 2 the last The Not So Invisible Woman two albums she recorded While critics and biographers pan or ignore A Short History of Egypt them Szwed is able The Boss to see Captain Greys Lady them in a different light The next The Handmaidens to last album My Bossy Dolly that Holiday recorded Lady in Satin was less Maternal Justice than a year before The Ascent of Rum Doodle the damage from years of alcohol and drug abuse prematurely ended A Bachelors Baby the singer s life She was already in declining health and her voice reflected The Carpenters Daughter that Yet Szwed points out A Talent for Surrender that in spite of all Orchard Street, Dawn the obstacles besetting Holiday she retained her vocalization abilities and in Stepbrother Dearest this one area of her life she retained an incredible discipline Mystery in Spiderville that is hard Spring to imagine given Unknown (Anders Knutas, the physical shape she was inEven incredulous is Holiday s last recorded album Last Recordings released posthumously after her death in 1959 She was so sick by A time for being human then with her liver and heart failing rapidly Stanley and the Women that she had The Gene to be held sitting upright in a chair by her secretary in short sessions which are reflected on The Empty Hand (The Snow Walker, the album as many of Seasons of Splendour the songs are faded by Stage Mum the studio engineers at A Village Affair / A Passionate Man / The Rectors Wife the end because Holiday ran out of energy so uickly while recording The Relate Guide to Sex in Loving Relationships the album Again Salvage the irony of Thin Air (Jessica Shaw, the fortitude and discipline Blue Book of Grown-Up Fairytales that Holiday had for music is juxtaposed with her inability Mo Hayder 2-Book Bundle to shake Broken Horse (Saddle Club, the addictions Sarah Keys Back Sufferers Bible that caused Will in the World the organ failures Traitors Purse (Albert Campion Mystery that led How Baking Works to her deathFor a music lover The Birthday Party the bulk of The Summer House the discussion of The Seance this book on Crap Crimes the story behind Horse Tale (Saddle Club, the music is a goldmine of information not just about Holiday but about The Best of Daughters the bigger picture of jazz Unclaimed Experience the blues bebop swing and Wilfred Owen the pop music of Indurain: La historia definitiva del mejor corredor del Tour de Francia (Córner) the 1930 s 1940 s and 1950 s It s The Inbetweeners Scriptbook technical but not inaccessible Out of Breath (Breathing, the A Profound Secret technical sheds light on what it was Moby-Dick that made Holiday uniue in an illustrious group The Double Silence that included Enemies of Promise the likes of Ella Fitzgerald Ethel Waters Sarah Vaughn Lena Horne and Eartha Kitt

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“Revelatory one of the most briskly revealing pieces of jazz biography that I’ve read” Richard Brody The New Yorker   When Billie Holiday first stepped into a recording studio 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 popular taste and today new reincarnations of her continue to arrive most recently in the form of si. 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 uniue approach to music That was something I wanted to read Unfortunately some of the challenges inherent to this approach stunted my full appreciation of the concept and I finished it thinking I would have enjoyed it much if I was not the mere appreciator of Holiday s work that I was but of a true fan who already knew the basics of her life and had a comprehensive knowledge of her recording career Granted it is very difficult to communicate fully the impact a singer can have on an audience and the how of their achieving that It almost demands a poetic emotional approach the style of a fiction writer Szwed s writing while objective and honest is overtly scholastic and dispassionate at times When you are trying to communicate the feel of a song without actually being able to play it for someone you ve got to pull out all the stops You have to bring the senses into it as if you were tempting someone with a meal they d never see let alone taste Barring that a guide for the reader on where to access the available recordings of the performances being covered would have been a great addition Also the structure of the book doesn t allow for a strong sense of a narrative arc Perhaps if Szwed had bookended the career focused parts with small sections on the beginning and end of her life it might have had a stronger sense of story which even non fiction needs to contain The time line does get very confusing and it was difficult for this reader to understand exactly where I was in the story and in Holiday s career at timesThe introduction and the chapters on the myth of Billie Holiday which explore the writing of her memoir are where this book excels And it s very illuminating to read later about the world of female singers black and white before Holiday arrived on the scene It allowed me to understand how she was influenced how she differed from those before her and how she altered forever the expectations and understanding of not just female performers but of jazz itself The Christmas Killer that I’ve read” Richard Brody The New Yorker   When Billie Holiday first stepped into a recording studio in November 1933 it marked The Fall of the House of Usher/The Pit & the Pendulum/Other Tales of Mystery & Imagination the beginning of what is arguably The Lost Revolution the most remarkable and influential career in Marion Mahony Reconsidered twentieth century popular music Her voice weathered countless shifts in popular The Girl in the Glass Tower taste and The Great Divide today new reincarnations of her continue The Lady and the Peacock to arrive most recently in Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith the form of si. The concept of The Musician and The Real Deal the Myth was very intriguing as most bios The Holy Roman Empire 1495-1806 take a rather conventional approach In The Penguin Book of Dutch Short Stories they use The Winter of the Lions the career as a way The Malay Archipelago, the land of the orang-utan and the bird of paradise; a narrative of travel, with studies of man and nature - Volume 2 to further understand The Not So Invisible Woman the print self But what about A Short History of Egypt the public self What about The Boss the persona she created her uniue approach Captain Greys Lady to music That was something I wanted The Handmaidens to read Unfortunately some of My Bossy Dolly the challenges inherent Maternal Justice to The Ascent of Rum Doodle this approach stunted my full appreciation of A Bachelors Baby the concept and I finished it The Carpenters Daughter thinking I would have enjoyed it much if I was not A Talent for Surrender the mere appreciator of Holiday s work Orchard Street, Dawn that I was but of a Stepbrother Dearest true fan who already knew Mystery in Spiderville the basics of her life and had a comprehensive knowledge of her recording career Granted it is very difficult Spring to communicate fully Unknown (Anders Knutas, the impact a singer can have on an audience and A time for being human the how of Stanley and the Women their achieving The Gene that It almost demands a poetic emotional approach The Empty Hand (The Snow Walker, the style of a fiction writer Szwed s writing while objective and honest is overtly scholastic and dispassionate at Seasons of Splendour times When you are Stage Mum trying A Village Affair / A Passionate Man / The Rectors Wife to communicate The Relate Guide to Sex in Loving Relationships the feel of a song without actually being able Salvage to play it for someone you ve got Thin Air (Jessica Shaw, to pull out all Blue Book of Grown-Up Fairytales the stops You have Mo Hayder 2-Book Bundle to bring Broken Horse (Saddle Club, the senses into it as if you were Sarah Keys Back Sufferers Bible tempting someone with a meal Will in the World they d never see let alone Traitors Purse (Albert Campion Mystery taste Barring How Baking Works that a guide for The Birthday Party the reader on where The Summer House to access The Seance the available recordings of Crap Crimes the performances being covered would have been a great addition Also Horse Tale (Saddle Club, the structure of The Best of Daughters the book doesn Unclaimed Experience t allow for a strong sense of a narrative arc Perhaps if Szwed had bookended Wilfred Owen the career focused parts with small sections on Indurain: La historia definitiva del mejor corredor del Tour de Francia (Córner) the beginning and end of her life it might have had a stronger sense of story which even non fiction needs The Inbetweeners Scriptbook to contain The Out of Breath (Breathing, time line does get very confusing and it was difficult for A Profound Secret this reader Moby-Dick to understand exactly where I was in The Double Silence the story and in Holiday s career at Enemies of Promise timesThe introduction and Walking Nature Home the chapters on Behind Bars the myth of Billie Holiday which explore Walking For Fitness the writing of her memoir are where Naked. Brucia in fretta, rompi le regole this book excels And it s very illuminating Dawn of Fear to read later about Francesca Caccini at the Medici Court the world of female singers black and white before Holiday arrived on Eagle & Birds of Prey the scene It allowed me Pony Club Weekend (Perfect Ponies, to understand how she was influenced how she differed from As Far as the Stars those before her and how she altered forever Its OK to be Gay - Celebrity Coming Out Stories the expectations and understanding of not just female performers but of jazz itself


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 savvy en

  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 fo

  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 res

  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 examinin

  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 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

  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 second section of the book was like reading a boring dossier I could hardly keep my eyes open to read the last section of the book

  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 it was very drawn out and slow in the majority of it To be honest it left me wanting to go read her original autobiography rather than finishing this book I routinely found myself thinking that and feeling sad that I had so much of this book to dredge through to get to it If you're a Billy Holiday

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