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Don't Explain: A Song of Billie Holiday

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This emotional/tribute biography of Billie Holiday follows a Baltimore girl-child to nightclub Lady-hood, from white maid uniform to white satin gown, from broom handle to microphone. The grueling trip made her voice richer but her bad habits harder to break. Alexis De Veaux invokes Lady Day as her muse and sings her sad story in an achingly familiar voice of hardship and ...more
Published by Turtleback Books (first published 1980)
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Jul 01, 2008 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Meen by: Her Audre Lorde bio.
Just reading the intro and first chapter of her Audre Lorde bio, I have fallen hard for this meticulous, reflective writer. This book is a prose poem about Billie Holiday's life. I am buying it tout de suite!
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