Reed, Jeremy

Saint Billie


Artist: Jeremy Reed
Date: 2001
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781900564625

This collection centres on the legendary figure of the jazz singer Billie Holiday (1915-59), ‘Lady Day’, whose talent propelled her from poverty in Baltimore to fame as a vocalist in Harlem nightclubs and international celebrity through her recordings with Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington. But her life was scarred by personal tragedy and by the drug addiction that led to her premature death. From this dramatic material Reed creates a highly charged series of poems and prose pieces, some spoken by Billie herself, some by the poet as narrator, which brilliantly illuminate the singer’s world and the heady atmosphere of the jazz age.

Saint Billie

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