Billie Holiday

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When 18-year-old Billie Holiday stepped into Columbia studios in November of 1933 to record ‘Riffin’ the Scotch’ and ‘Your Mother’s Son-in-Law’, it marked the beginning of what is arguably the most remarkable and important career in 20th-century popular music. Today, Billie Holiday is an icon – an artist whose voice has weathered countless shifts in public taste, and whose impact on contemporary music is unquestionable. Eschewing the more tragic aspects of her life, John Szwed’s biography stays close to her music, to her performance style and to the self she created and put on record and on stage.

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Today, Billie Holiday is an icon – an artist whose voice has weathered countless shifts in public taste, and whose impact on contemporary music is unquestionable. But when eighteen-year-old Billie Holiday stepped into Columbia studios in November of 1933 to record ‘Riffin’ the Scotch’ and ‘Your Mother’s Son-in-Law’, no one could predict the sensation that was about to emerge; marking the beginning of what is arguably the most remarkable and important career in twentieth-century popular music.

Drawing on revelatory new material, including unpublished memoirs and interviews, Billie Holiday is the first account to consider the singer as an artist, her influences, her uncanny voice and rhythmic genius, a number of her signature songs, and her legacy.

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Weight 0.224 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

310

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

782.42165092 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K