If You Can't Be Free, Be a Mystery
In Search of Billie Holiday
By Farah Jasmine Griffin
(One World/Ballantine, Paperback, 9780345449733, 256pp.)
Publication Date: April 30, 2002
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An intimate meditation on Holiday's place in American culture and history, " If You Can't Be Free, Be A Mystery "reveals Lady Day in all her complexity, humor and pain-a true jazz virtuoso whose passion and originality made every song she sang hers forever. Celebrated by poets, revered by recording artists from Frank Sinatra to Macy Gray, Billie Holiday is more popular and influential today than ever before. Now, thanks to this marvelous book, Holiday's many fans can finally understand the singer and the woman they love.