A lavishly illustrated biographical essay on the peerless Billie Holiday, drawing on never-before-published material.
"Billie Holiday deserves a biography in which her musicianship isn't overshadowed by the tragic events of her life. O'Meally has written that book," says Entertainment Weekly about this absorbing and authoritative account of the greatest jazz singer in history. O'Meally emphasizes Holiday's artistry and training rather than her personal miseries, and he uses voluminous archival material to correct common myths about Holiday. Chronicling her rigorous musical apprenticeship in Baltimore, her reception in New York by Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington, and her work with various musicians, particularly Lester Young, Lady Day is an impassioned testament to Holiday's genius that confirms her place in American jazz.
This is a used copy in acceptable condition. The interior is in good condition, but the dust jacket is missing and there are light markings across the front cover.
By Robert G. O'Meally. Hardcover, first edition(U.S.), 2017 pages. Published by Arcade Publishing, 1991.