If You Can't Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday (Paperback)
In Search of Billie Holiday
One World, 9780345449733, 256pp.
Publication Date: April 30, 2002
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.
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Praise For If You Can't Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday…
“This exquisite look at Lady Day is priceless.”
“DAZZLING . . . THIS BOOK CONTAINS WRITING AS HAUNTING AND EVOCATIVE AS BILLIE HOLIDAY’S VOICE.”
Author of Terrible Honesty: Mongrel Manhattan in the 1920s
“[AN] AMBITIOUS, FREE-RANGING MEDITATION ON THE SINGER’S LEGACY . . . Griffin’s prose is both sentimental and intellectual. . . . Her observations are sound and illuminating.”
–The Washington Post