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HOLIDAY, Billie, with William Dufty.

Lady Sings the Blues.

Availability: In stock

Published: New York Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1956

Stock Code: 128523

£450
OR On display in 100 Fulham Road

Notes

First edition, first impression. "Billie Holiday remains among the most difficult of jazz artists to understand or study. Surrounded by a disturbing legend, it is very difficult to hear her clearly. The legendary suffering and mythopoeic pain which countless admirers have actively sought out in her work make it difficult for the merely curious to warm to a singer who was sometimes a baffling performer... she was a singular and unrepeatable talent whose finest hours are remarkably revealing and often surprisingly - given her generally morose reputation as an artist - joyful" (Cook and Morton, Penguin Guide to Jazz, p. 532). A biography which in many ways compounded the legend - "Mom and Pop were just a couple of kids when they got married. He was eighteen, she was sixteen, and I was three." - and, when filmed in 1972 with Diana Ross as Holiday, introduced a new audience to this remarkable performer. An attractive copy of a book that is uncommon in collectible condition.

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Description

Octavo. Original red cloth, title blocked to spine in silver and black. With the dust jacket.

Illustrations

Pictorial endpapers.

Condition

A very good copy in the dust jacket, with some light rubbing and creasing at extremities.

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