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Lady Day's Diary by Ken Vail
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Feb 27, 14

bookshelves: biography-memoir, non-fiction, jazz
Read from January 29, 2011 to February 27, 2014

It's so hard to to know how to rank this one. A chronology like this isn't exactly a read-straight-through narrative like Wishing on the Moon a more traditional biography. Like that one, however, it does highlight the challenges of recording the daily life of one of the most celebrated jazz singers. Billie's childhood is covered sketchily and backed up mostly with what official documents exist of her hard-scrabble upbringing, primarily in Baltimore. Her concerts and recording dates are nearly all listed, but even those are surprisingly sketchy. Photographs, news clippings, and letter excerpts help flesh out the terse text making it a little more readable, but mostly it just made me want to get to work on filling in the many obvious gaps in Lady's life story.
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