Billie Holiday by John Szwed audiobook

Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth

By John Szwed
Read by Karen Chilton

Recorded Books, Inc.

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781664441699

  • ISBN: 9781664549524

  • ISBN: 9781664709423

Runtime: 8.07 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015 for Nonfiction

Published in celebration of Holiday's centenary, the first biography to focus on the singer's extraordinary musical talent When 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Mr. Szwed, the author of acclaimed studies of Miles Davis, Sun Ra and folklorist Alan Lomax, is at his best when excavating hidden stories behind some of the more durable pillars of the Holiday legend.” Wall Street Journal
RevelatorySzwed’s book is one of the most briskly revealing pieces of jazz biography that I’ve read.” New Yorker
“As with the best of Holiday’s music, this elegant and perceptive study is restrained, nuanced, and masterfully carried out.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: John Szwed

Author Bio: John Szwed

John Szwed is a professor of music and the director of the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University. As a jazz musician, he played professionally for more than a decade. He is the author of over fifteen books, including So What: The Life of Miles Davis, Space Is the Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra, and Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 8.07
Audience: Adult
Language: English