By Billie Holiday
Lady Sings the Blues is the fiercely sincere, no-holds-barred autobiography of Billie vacation, the mythical jazz, swing, and criteria making a song sensation. Taking the reader on a fast-moving trip from Holiday’s rough-and-tumble Baltimore early life (where she ran errands at a whorehouse in alternate for the opportunity to hear Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith albums), to her emergence on Harlem’s membership scene, to sold-out performances with the count number Basie Orchestra and with Artie Shaw and his band, this revelatory memoir is outstanding for its trenchant observations at the racism that darkened Billie’s lifestyles and the heroin dependancy that ended it too quickly. we're together with her in the course of the enthralling debut of “Strange Fruit”; together with her as she rubs shoulders with the largest motion picture stars and musicians of the day (Bob wish, Lana Turner, Clark Gable, Benny Goodman, Lester younger, Coleman Hawkins, and more); and along with her throughout the scrapes with Jim Crow, spats with Sarah Vaughan, ignominious jailings, and tragic decline. All of this can be informed in Holiday’s tart, streetwise sort and hip patois that makes it learn as though it have been written the day before today.
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