Billie Holiday: Wishing On The Moon by Donald Clarke

By Donald Clarke

Certainly no singer has been extra mythologized and extra misunderstood than Billie vacation, who helped to create a lot of the mystique herself together with her autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues. "Now, ultimately, we have now a definitive biography," acknowledged Booklist of Donald Clarke's Billie Holiday, "by a deeply compassionate, respectful, and open-minded biographer [whose] portrait embraces each aspect of Holiday's paradoxical nature, from her fierceness to her vulnerability, her childlikeness to her innate attractiveness and outstanding strength." Clarke used to be given unequalled entry to a treasure trove of interviews from the 1970s—interviews with those that knew woman Day from her formative years within the streets and good-time homes of Baltimore during the early days of good fortune in long island and into the years of reputation, correct as much as her tragic decline and demise on the age of forty-four. Clarke makes use of those interviews to split truth from fiction and, within the phrases of the Seattle Times, "finally units us immediately. . .evoking her international in all its pain, triumph, strength and irony." Newsday referred to as this "a completely riveting account of vacation and her milieu." The New York Times raved that it "may be the main completely useful of the various books on Holiday," and Helen Oakley Dance in JazzTimes acknowledged, "We may still most likely need to wait decades for one more lifetime of Billie vacation to supersede Donald Clarke's achievement."

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