Billie Holiday

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University Press of New England, Apr 1, 1997 - Music - 311 pages
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Through extensive interviews and examination of newspaper accounts, court records, and FBI and police files, Nicholson presents Holiday's life and career, including her battles with drug addiction and alcoholism, her arrest and imprisonment for heroin possession, her sex life, and her struggles against racial prejudice.

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Holiday's legend is that of the archetypal tormented artist: enormously gifted in one specific area yet unable to cope with everyday life and eventually done in by her own excesses. Although the ... Read full review


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Nicholson is one of Britain's leading jazz journalists and broadcasters. Wrote biographies of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Duke Ellington.

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