The Billie Holiday Companion: Seven Decades of Commentary

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Leslie Gourse
Schirmer Books, 1997 - Biography - 210 pages
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One of the most troubling, and troubled, artists in the history of jazz, Billie Holiday remains an enigma despite numerous attempts to eulogize, analyze, and criticize her life and career. This new member of Schirmer Books' Companion Series draws on the writings of 26 diverse writers -- Nat Hentoff, Leonard Feather, and Francis Davis among them -- and on Holiday's own interviews and recordings, to provide an objective assessment of Lady Day's life, her talent, and of her place among the legends of jazz.
-- Fifth in the Schirmer Books Companion Series
-- Diverse collection includes transcripts of Holiday's interviews
-- Includes a select discography

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Contents

Lady Day
3
Remembering Billie
18
A Crucial Engagement
29
Copyright

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About the author (1997)

About the Author:
Leslie Gourse is a freelance writer whose books on jazz includeSassy: The Life of Sarah Vaughan, Unforgettable: The Life and Mystique of Nat King Cole, and Louis's Children, an acclaimed history of jazz singing. In 1991, she received an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for a series of articles on women
instrumentalists.

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