Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday, Cafe Society, And An Early Cry For Civil Rights

Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday, Cafe Society, And An Early Cry For Civil Rights
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From four-time Pulitzer Prize nominee David Margolick, STRANGE FRUIT explores the story of the memorable civil rights ballad made famous by Billie Holiday in the late 1930s. The song’s powerful, evocative lyrics-written by a Jewish communist schoolteacher who, late in life, adopted the children of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg-portray the lynching of a black man in the South. Holiday’s performances sparked conflict and controversy wherever she went, and the song has since been covered by Lena Horne, Tori Amos, Sting, and countless others. Margolick’s careful reconstruction of the story behind the song, portions of which have appeared in Vanity Fair,….

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Singing Jazz

Singing Jazz
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Singing Jazz looks at the ups and downs of this tough profession through the eyes of legendary jazz singers, well-established performers, and some newcomers. Drawing on accounts from vocalists of yesterday and today in all major jazz styles, the book explores the musical influences of jazz singing; the learning process, whether on the road or in training; the challenges of building a repertoire, getting gigs, traveling, and performing under sometimes difficult circumstances; and the ongoing struggle for artistic recognition and financial security in the competitive world of popular music. To reveal the roots and evolution of this unique art form,….

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The Story of Boogie-Woogie: A Left Hand Like God

The Story of Boogie-Woogie: A Left Hand Like God
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The Story of Boogie-Woogie: A Left Hand Like God examines the socio-historical background of the boogie-woogie piano style, from its early appearances in the barrelhouses of lumber, turpentine, and railroad camps in the southern United States, to its emergence at rent parties in Chicago and St. Louis, to its rise as a popular form of music in the nightclubs of New York, to its status as an international craze during World War II. In this enhanced revision of A Left Hand Like God, Peter J. Silvester presents a comprehensive history of boogie-woogie, describing the style’s appearance and development, its offshoots,….

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The Jazz Book: From Ragtime to Fusion and Beyond

The Jazz Book: From Ragtime to Fusion and Beyond
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The most comprehensive interpretive history of jazz available in one volume, this book contains a survey of the past and current styles, elements, instruments, musicians, singers, and big bands of jazz.

Thelonious Monk Plays Standards – Volume 2: Piano Transcriptions (Artist Transcriptions)

Thelonious Monk Plays Standards - Volume 2: Piano Transcriptions (Artist Transcriptions)
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(Artist Transcriptions). Volume 2 includes a dozen more transcriptions of standards as interpreted by the incomparable Monk: All Alone * Body and Soul * Darn That Dream * Honeysuckle Rose * I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance * It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) * Memories of You * Mood Indigo * My Melancholy Baby * Remember * Solitude * You Are Too Beautiful. Includes a biography and a discography.

She Bop II: The Definitive History of Women in Rock, Pop and Soul (Bayou Press Series)

She Bop II: The Definitive History of Women in Rock, Pop and Soul (Bayou Press Series)
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Popular music grew out of ragtime, vaudeville and the blues to become global mass entertainment. Women like Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith were the original pop divas, yet eighty years after they blazed a trail, have their successors achieved the recognition and affirmation they deserve? Or has the only was to success been to slot into saleable images of the cute baby or sexy chanteuse? Lucy O’Brien has written the ultimate hands-on history of women in rock, pop, and soul. Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Dusty Springfield, Patti Smith, Madonna, Joni Mitchell, whitney Houston, Courtney Love, Alanis Morissette, Destiny’s child -….

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Songs of the Unsung : The Musical and Social Journey of Horace Tapscott

Songs of the Unsung : The Musical and Social Journey of Horace Tapscott
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Songs of the Unsung is the autobiography of Los Angeles jazz musician and activist Horace Tapscott (1934–1999). A pianist who ardently believed in the power of music to connect people, Tapscott was a beloved and influential character who touched many yet has remained unknown to the majority of Americans. In addition to being “his” story, Songs of the Unsung is the story of Los Angeles’s cultural and political evolution over the last half of the twentieth century, of the origins of many of the most important avant-garde musicians still on the scene today, and of a rich and varied body….

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Words and Songs of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Nina Simone: Sound Motion, Blues Spirit, and African Memory (Studies in African American History and Culture)

Words and Songs of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Nina Simone: Sound Motion, Blues Spirit, and African Memory (Studies in African American History and Culture)
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This book explores the relationship between three African American women’s dance-art-music sensibilities within the context of a Pan African aesthetic. Its purpose is three-fold: to show commonalities between Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone’s lives and original compositions; to codify, examine and evaluate their selected song performances in accordance with the Pan African aesthetic “Nzuri theory/model;” and to illuminate the vast sources of transformational values that aesthetic analysis of African American song performance can foster. Following concordant procedures and principles of Afrocentricity, the study focuses on Smith, Holiday and Simone’s performances as part of a whole African artistic and….

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Undercurrents: The Hidden Wiring of Modern Music

Undercurrents: The Hidden Wiring of Modern Music
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For the last twenty years The Wire has fearlessly bypassed fashion in it’s search to expose the most innovative, radical, and compelling music from every genre all across the world. As listeners have grown increasingly eclectic and adventurous in their tastes, The Wire has emerged as the most authoritative source on modern music.In Undercurrents some of the best music writers of our time uncover the hidden wiring of the past century’s most influential music. Ian Penman discusses how the microphone transformed the human voice and made phantom presences of great singers such as Billie Holiday, Robert Johnson, and Brian Wilson…..

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Billie Holiday: Wishing On The Moon

Billie Holiday: Wishing On The Moon
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Certainly no singer has been more mythologized and more misunderstood than Billie Holiday, who helped to create much of the mystique herself with her autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues. “Now, finally, we have a definitive biography,” said Booklist of Donald Clarke’s Billie Holiday, “by a deeply compassionate, respectful, and open-minded biographer [whose] portrait embraces every facet of Holiday’s paradoxical nature, from her fierceness to her vulnerability, her childlikeness to her innate elegance and amazing strength.” Clarke was given unrivaled access to a treasure trove of interviews from the 1970s—interviews with those who knew Lady Day from her childhood in the….

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