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Wishing on the Moon: The Life and Times of Billie Holiday | [Donald Clarke]

Wishing on the Moon: The Life and Times of Billie Holiday

No singer has been more mythologized and more misunderstood than jazz legend Billie Holiday, who helped to create much of the mystique herself with her autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues - and this authentic biography sets the record straight.
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Publisher's Summary

No singer has been more mythologized and more misunderstood than jazz legend Billie Holiday, who helped to create much of the mystique herself with her autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues - and this authentic biography sets the record straight. Donald Clarke was given unrivaled access to a treasure trove of interviews from the 1970s with those who knew Lady Day in all stages of her short, tragic life - from her childhood in the streets and good-time houses of Baltimore, through the early days of success in New York and the years of fame, to her tragic decline and death at the age of forty-four. This biography separates fact from fiction to reveal the true Billie Holiday.

©1994 by Donald Clarke; (P)1997 by Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"A thoroughly riveting account of Holiday and her milieu." (New York Newsday)
"May be the most thoroughly valuable of the many books on Holiday." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Alison St Pierre Lancashire 13/12/2013
    Alison St Pierre Lancashire 13/12/2013

    Local Government Officer, listens to audiobooks whilst commuting, loves Biographies of quintessentially English eccentrics.

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    "Incredibly in depth biography."

    An extremely detailed and often harrowing look at Billie's life. Too lengthy and detailed in places. The reader does a good job but drones a bit in places. A fascinating insight into some of the great musicians she played with and their vices. Just needed pruning down a bit.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    neil LONDON, United Kingdom 08/07/2013
    neil LONDON, United Kingdom 08/07/2013 Member Since 2012

    A huge fan of audiobooks and particularly fantasy and crime.

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    "A must read"
    If you could sum up Wishing on the Moon in three words, what would they be?

    A lively and vivid account of the life and art of lady day.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The level of detail both about her life and recordings was fascinating.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The ending was particularly poignant .


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh often.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Michael
    The Colony, TX, USA
    07/02/06
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    "Good Biography, Tedious Discography"

    I enjoyed this book very much. Lady was a fascinating person. The only problem with the book (to me) was that there were too many details about recording sessions. I don't really care who played drums on which song at which session. However, the rest of the book was great. The narrator was perfect for the material. The language in the book can be pretty salty so be advised if listening out loud. All in all a good bio.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Cheryl
    VictoriaAustralia
    15/03/09
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    "It has been a struggle."

    I have found this book to jump all over the place. I have lost track of who is saying what about whom. I am only 4 hours into it, am lost and at the moment cannot listen further.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    Oklahoma City, OK, United States
    09/03/14
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    "Couldn't get past 2 hours."
    What disappointed you about Wishing on the Moon?

    The narration: why have a white woman trying to speak in a black accent??


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    See my comments above.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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