by: Leslie Gourse
publisher: Schirmer Books, An Imprint of Schuster & Schuster Macmillan.
ISBN number: 0-02-864613-4
WHAT THE COVER READS:
GOD BLESS THE CHILD In this century, there have been a handful of artists who trulycan be called legendary: Billie Holiday is one of them. Holiday's unique voice, emotive interpretations, and talents as a musician and recording artist have influenced players in all musical genres - not just jazz. Her live story has become emplematic of the life of a woman and an artist of color, struggling to survive in a racist and often hostile socienty.
Holiday's history and recordings have inspired some of the greatest writing by jazz critics, poets, and cultural observers alike. This volume gathers the cream of the crop, along with rare interviews, contemporary reviews, and other material that is difficult or impossible to find anywhere else.
Leslie Gourse is the author of many biographies and books on jazz, including Louis's Children, one of the first histories of jazz singing, and Unforgettable: The Life and Mystique of Nat King Cole; Sassy: The Life of Sahar Vaughan; and the forthcoming Straight, No Chaser: The Life and Genius of Thelonius Monk, to be published by Schirmer Books.