Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth by John Szwed

By John Szwed

Kirkus top Books of 2015 choice for Biography •

Published in get together of Holiday’s centenary, the 1st biography to target the singer’s notable musical talent

When Billie vacation stepped into Columbia’s studios in November 1933, it marked the start of what's arguably the main impressive and influential occupation in twentieth-century renowned track. Her voice weathered numerous shifts in public style, and new reincarnations of her proceed to reach, such a lot lately within the type of singers like Amy Winehouse and Adele.

Most of the writing on vacation has considering the tragic info of her life—her prostitution on the age of fourteen, her heroin habit and alcoholism, her sequence of abusive relationships—or attempted to right the various fabrications of her autobiography. yet now, Billie vacation remains just about the track, to her functionality kind, and to the self she created and positioned into print, on list and on stage.

Drawing on an enormous volume of recent fabric that has surfaced within the final decade, seriously acclaimed jazz author John Szwed considers how her lifestyles inflected her artwork, her impacts, her uncanny voice and rhythmic genius, a couple of her signature songs, and her legacy.

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A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of by Marc Morris

By Marc Morris

The 1st significant biography of a really ambitious king, whose reign was once the most dramatic and critical of the complete heart a while, resulting in battle and conquest on an exceptional scale.Edward I is wide-spread to thousands as "Longshanks," conqueror of Scotland and nemesis of Sir William Wallace (in "Braveheart"). but this tale varieties purely the ultimate bankruptcy of the king's action-packed lifestyles. prior, Edward had defeated and killed the well-known Simon de Montfort in conflict; travelled to the Holy Land; conquered Wales, extinguishing perpetually its local rulers and developing a powerful chain of castles. He raised the best armies of the center a long time and summoned the most important parliaments; notoriously, he expelled all of the Jews from his kingdom.The longest-lived of England's medieval kings, he fathered fifteen kids along with his first spouse, Eleanor of Castile, and, after her demise, he erected the Eleanor Crosses—the grandest funeral monuments ever shaped for an English monarch.

In this booklet, Marc Morris examines afresh the forces that drove Edward all through his relentless profession: his personality, his Christian religion, and his experience of England's destiny—a feel formed particularly via the stories of the mythical King Arthur. He additionally explores the competing purposes that led Edward's rivals (including Robert Bruce) to withstand him.

The result's a sweeping tale, immaculately researched but compellingly advised, and a bright photo of medieval Britain in the interim while its destiny used to be made up our minds.

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Joyce en París o el arte de vender el Ulises by Catherine Turner, V. B. Carleton, Gisèle Freund

By Catherine Turner, V. B. Carleton, Gisèle Freund

«¿Hay alguien que me entienda?» Esto se preguntaba uno de los protagonistas de Finnegans Wake y quizá el mismo Joyce. Las vicisitudes de l. a. publicación del Ulises, uno de los libros más reseñados y menos leídos de l. a. historia, tiene muchos protagonistas, empezando por Sylvia seashore y su edición parisina de mil ejemplares y acabando al otro lado del Océano con l. a. censura y l. a. sucesiva operación de advertising ideada por Random residence en 1934.

Presentamos aquí los angeles fascinante aventura de una de las grandes obras del pasado siglo, cuya primera edición se subastó en 2009 por 450.000 dólares, el precio más alto que jamás se haya pagado por l. a. primera edición de una obra del siglo XX.

Se incluyen también l. a. reedición de James Joyce: sus últimos años en París de V. B. Carleton con prólogo de Simone de Beauvoir, l. a. crónica del reportaje fotográ�fico que los amigos y editores de Joyce encargaron a una joven Gisèle Freund, y una serie de retratos que inmortalizan a Joyce en su entorno cotidiano y cuyo propósito period hacer publicidad para los angeles inminente publicación de l. a. que sería l. a. última novela del escritor: Finnegans Wake.

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Lee Marvin: Point Blank by Dwayne Epstein

By Dwayne Epstein

The 1st full-length, authoritative, and distinctive tale of the enduring actor's existence to head past the Hollywood scandal-sheet reporting of past books, this account bargains an appreciation for the fellow and his appearing profession and the vintage motion pictures he starred in, portray a portrait of anyone who took nice hazards in his performing and profession. even supposing Lee Marvin is healthier recognized for his icy difficult man roles—such as his chilling titular villain within the guy Who Shot Liberty Valance or the paternal but brutally life like platoon chief within the titanic pink One—very little is understood of his own lifestyles; his family members heritage; his reviews in WWII; his dating together with his father, kin, acquaintances, better halves; and his ongoing battles with alcoholism, rage, and melancholy, occasioned via his postwar PTSD. Now, after years of gaining knowledge of and compiling interviews with relations, associates, and co-workers; infrequent images; and illustrative fabric, Hollywood author Dwayne Epstein presents a whole realizing and appreciation of this appearing titan’s position within the Hollywood pantheon regardless of his very genuine and human struggles.

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Moondog: The Viking of Sixth Avenue (Revised Edition) by Robert Scotto

By Robert Scotto

Preface by means of Philip Glass

The foundation of a full-length documentary.

"Moondog is one in every of America’s nice originals."—Alan wealthy, big apple Magazine

Here is a revised variation of a ebook that celebrates some of the most unbelievable lives of the 20 th century: a blind and homeless guy who turned the main recognized eccentric in long island and who, with huge, immense diligence, rose to prominence either in significant label pop song recordings as well as symphonic concert events of his compositions.

This variation of Moondog will quickly be noticeable a as a characteristic documentary titled The Viking of sixth street directed by means of Holly Elson and produced via difficult operating Movies.

Born Louis Thomas Hardin in 1916, Moondog first made an effect within the overdue Forties whilst he turned a mascot of the recent York Philharmonic at Carnegie corridor. His particular, melodic compositions have been published at the status jazz label. within the past due Nineteen Sixties the Viking-garbed Moondog was once a pop tune sensation on Columbia Records.

Moondog's compositional kind inspired his former roommate Philip Glass, whose preface seems to be within the e-book. Moondog's paintings transcends labels and redefines the excellence among renowned and excessive culture.


"This biography passionately explores the lengthy and fruitful lifetime of Moondog: formative years, the coincidence that rendered him blind, way of life, marriages, criminal matters, traveling, good fortune and concepts. Appendix treats contain Moondog’s Perpetual Calendar and poetry. no matter if you’ve heard of the guy or now not, this chronicle of genius is worthy your time." --Samantha Anne Carrillo, The Alibi

"We american citizens have infrequently understood what to do with unusual participants of our tradition. If their voices don't look instantly available, in the event that they glance or costume oddly (even as a sort of self-definition, in Moondog's case), we write them off as loonies and shut our ears. That's our loss: although Moondog lived totally on the road and dwelt constantly at the musical fringe, he had whatever to say." --Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer

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Thomas Hardy: Behind the Mask by Andrew Norman

By Andrew Norman

Thomas Hardy was once shy to a fault. He surrounded his condominium, Max Gate, with a dense curtain of bushes, avoided exposure and investigative journalists, and while viewers arrived all at once he slipped quietly out of the again door in an effort to keep away from them. in addition, following the demise of his first spouse Emma, he burnt, web page via web page, a book-length manuscript of hers entitled What i believe of my husband, including letters, notebooks and diaries - either his and hers. This behaviour or Hardy's for this reason begs the query: did he have whatever to conceal, and if this is the case, did this 'something' relate to his dating with Emma? 'Thomas Hardy: in the back of the Mask' pierces the veil of secrecy which Hardy intentionally drew over this existence, to determine why his lifestyles was once so jam-packed with agony, and to find how this resulted in the production of a few of the finese novels and poems within the English language.

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The Angel of Bang Kwang Prison by Susan Aldous, Nicola Pierce

By Susan Aldous, Nicola Pierce

Susan Aldous were on a route to self-destruction whilst she determined to provide her existence to others rather than losing it away in Melbourne's darkish underbelly. operating as a Playboy bunny lady, an admirer subsidized her to shuttle out of the country for charity. She left a global of gear and petty crime in the back of and moved to Singapore, then to Thailand to paintings on a nine-day venture supporting the socially deprived. 18 years later, she continues to be there. A unmarried mom with out wage and few possessions, she devotes her lifestyles to aiding others, vacationing prisoners who've no one else to show to.

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Myself When I Am Real: The Life and Music of Charles Mingus by Gene Santoro

By Gene Santoro

Charles Mingus was once some of the most cutting edge jazz musicians of the twentieth century, and ranks with Charles Ives and Duke Ellington as one in every of America's maximum composers. through temperament, he used to be a high-strung and delicate romantic, a towering determine whose tempestuous own existence chanced on powerfully coherent expression within the ever-shifting textures of his track. Now, acclaimed song critic Gene Santoro strips away the myths shrouding "Jazz's indignant Man," revealing Mingus as extra advanced than even his shut pals knew. Written in a full of life, novelistic kind, Myself while i'm Real attracts on dozens of latest interviews and formerly untapped letters and archival fabrics to discover the tricky connections among this remarkable guy and the intense song he made.

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