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If You Can't Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Free Pr
Publication date April 1, 2001
Pages 240
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780684868080
ISBN-10 0684868083
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 9.25 in.
Weight 1.10 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $25.00
§As reported by publisher
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A new take on 'Lady Day' unravels the myths surrounding Billie Holiday and presents her as a dedicated artist who struggled with her own addictions and suffering to succeed as a singer. 20,000 first printing. (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Singer, composer, actress, lover, wife, writer, pleasure seeker, drug addict, icon, commodity, myth and mystery: Billie Holiday is still one of the most famous jazz vocalists of all time. But Holiday's image -- the gifted torch singer with insatiable appetites for food, sex, alcohol and drugs -- is not the full story. Farah Jasmine Griffin's enchanting investigation of Holiday, her world and how she is remembered, at last fully liberates Lady Day from the tragic songstress myth. Griffin argues that the stereotype of a black woman who can always take center stage to command an audience because of her incredible ability to feel, but not to think, continues to hide the real Holiday from public view. Instead of a mindless "natural" with incredible talent but no discipline, Griffin's Holiday is a jazz virtuoso whose passion and technique made every song she sang forever hers. Instead of being helpless against the racism, sexism and poverty that dominated her life, Holiday is an artist, willing to pay a tremendous price to change the sound of jazz forever. And far from being a victim of overwhelming obstacles, Lady Day is an independent spirit whose greatest legacy is that all hurdles can be overcome, whatever the odds. Holiday's voice has permeated American music from Frank Sinatra to Macy Gray. But, until now, Holiday's influence has never been reconciled with her image. Farah Jasmine Griffin unravels the threads that make up the Holiday mystique and weaves together a new, true Lady Day that jazz fans will both love and respect.

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Hardcover
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9780684868080 | details & prices | 240 pages | 6.00 × 9.25 × 0.75 in. | 1.10 lbs | List price $25.00
About: Unravels the myths surrounding Billie Holiday and presents her as a dedicated artist who struggled with her own addictions and suffering to succeed as a singer.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from One World (April 1, 2002)
9780345449733 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $16.00
About: Unravels the myths surrounding Billie Holiday and presents her as a dedicated artist who struggled with her own addictions and suffering to succeed as a singer.

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