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If you can't be free, be a mystery : in search of Billie Holiday

Author: Farah Jasmine Griffin
Publisher: New York : Free Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Singer, composer, actress, lover, wife, writer, pleasure seeker, drug addict, icon, commodity, myth and mystery: Billie Holiday is still one of the most famous jazz vocalists of all time. But Holiday's image - the gifted torch singer with insatiable appetites for food, sex, alcohol and drugs - is not the full story. Farah Jasmine Griffin's enchanting investigation of Holiday, her world and how she is remembered, at
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Griffin, Farah Jasmine.
If you can't be free, be a mystery.
New York : Free Press, ©2001
(OCoLC)639587034
Named Person: Billie Holiday; Billie Holiday
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Farah Jasmine Griffin
ISBN: 0684868083 9780684868080
OCLC Number: 45791470
Description: xv, 240 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Farah Jasmine Griffin.
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The threads of Billie Holiday's mystique are unraveled in this study of a woman who needed to create art at any cost. Griffin liberates Holiday from stereotypes of black women and pries her away from  Read more...

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Robert G. O'Meally author of "Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday" This beautifully written study of Lady Day is unique in its quiet but unrelenting drive to uncover the myths of Billie Read more...

 
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