With Billie

A New Look at the Unforgettable Lady Day

By Julia Blackburn
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780375705809, 354pp.)

Publication Date: April 11, 2006

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Few jazz singers have become icons like Billie Holiday. In With Billie, we hear the voices of those people who knew Billie best: piano players and dancers, pimps and junkies, lovers and narcs, producers and critics, each recalling intimate stories of the Billie they knew. What emerges is a portrait of a complex, contradictory, enthralling woman, a woman who — contrary to myth — knew what she wanted and what really mattered to her. Julia Blackburn has pieced together an oral history of this jazz great, creating a unique and fascinating view of an astonishing woman.




About the Author
Julia Blackburn is the author of three books of nonfiction, Charles Waterton, The Emperor's Last Island," "and Daisy Bates in the Desert," "and of two novels, The Book of Color" "and The Leper's Companions," "both of which were shortlisted for the Orange Prize. She lives in England.
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