If You Can't Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday (2020)

If You Can t Be Free Be a Mystery In Search of Billie Holiday More than four decades after her death Billie Holiday remains one of the most gifted artists of our time and also one of the most elusive Because of who she was and how she chose to live her life La
  • Title: If You Can't Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday
  • Author: Farah Jasmine Griffin
  • ISBN: 9780345449733
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Paperback
  • More than four decades after her death, Billie Holiday remains one of the most gifted artists of our time and also one of the most elusive Because of who she was and how she chose to live her life, Lady Day has been the subject of both intense adoration and wildly distorted legends Now at last, Farah Jasmine Griffin, a writer of intellectual authority and superb literaryMore than four decades after her death, Billie Holiday remains one of the most gifted artists of our time and also one of the most elusive Because of who she was and how she chose to live her life, Lady Day has been the subject of both intense adoration and wildly distorted legends Now at last, Farah Jasmine Griffin, a writer of intellectual authority and superb literary gifts, liberates Billie Holiday from the mythology that has obscured both her life and her art.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 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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    One Reply to “If You Can't Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday”

    1. If You Can t Be Free, Be a Mystery is a very compelling story, immersed deeply in both history and the alluring mystery of fame and glamour.

    2. The title is taken from a 1989 poem by Rita Dove about Billie Holiday I have listened in awe to her music carefully and continuously for 47 or so years I have read other books about her life I have seen the movie This book tells her story fully than any other biography I have read And does so with style and respect, both for Lady Day and for the cultures in which she lived.at is the culture of jazz and the culture of America during her too brief life Here s one great quote Bille Holiday is the [...]

    3. Three stars probably isn t fair because in so many ways this is a great book, an important and necessary one, that gets at the necessity of Billie Holiday s culture of dissemblance as a mode of self protection Griffin also delves into the ways the categories black woman and genius are held at arm s length This is also a great book to teach because it covers a number of black feminist concerns in a very accessible manner So why 3 stars I wanted I wanted the discussions to be longer, arguments f [...]

    4. Using transcripts of interviews with Billie s contemporaries friends and band mates and casual acquaintances Ms Griffin paints a vivid picture of Lady Day showing the complexities of her life against the back drop of the era The writing shows her as a human being as much as a legend and through the eyes of those who knew her you see Ms Holiday s fears, anger, love, violence and courage It is a biography that gives the reader an opportunity to know about Billie and determine for themselves who s [...]

    5. I m finally getting round to all the books I wanted to read while I was studying I really enjoyed the module I did on The Harlem Renaissance and was keen to delve Farah Jasmine Griffin contributed to the module and I wanted to read of her writing as I was impressed by her.

    6. I read this when it was first written and announced in Ebony magazine It seems it was written from a feminist perspective I didn t agree with certain things in this book But as I said it was written from the authors perspective and maybe that is why.

    7. A poetic study about Holiday s complicated legacy, written with great self consciousness and affectionate by a lifelong Holiday devotee At times, the discussions were maybe a bit too impressionistic for my academic tastes, but this is a lovely read.

    8. A great book about Billie Holiday and her legacy, and the position of the Black African American woman in general Even if you don t know the singer at first, this will make you want to.

    9. Very informative about Billie from the standpoint of placing her in historical perspective, and directly confronting issues of race and gender A wonderful read, only wish it was twice as long Bravo to Farah Jasmine Griffin for dropping this gem into the historical record about Jazz, where too little is written by African Americans and women Joy to read

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