Today, Billie Holiday is an icon - an artist whose voice has weathered
countless shifts in public taste, and whose impact on contemporary music
is unquestionable. But when eighteen-year-old Billie Holiday stepped
into Columbia studios in November of 1933 to record `Riffin' the Scotch'
and `Your Mother's Son-in-Law', no one could predict the sensation that
was about to emerge; marking the beginning of what is arguably the most
remarkable and important career in twentieth-century popular music.
Drawing on revelatory new material, including unpublished memoirs and
interviews, Billie Holiday is the first account to consider the singer
as an artist, her influences, her uncanny voice and rhythmic genius, a
number of her signature songs, and her legacy.
Billie Holiday - John Szwed
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