Billie Holiday

Lady Sings the Blues
  • Lady Sings the Blues

  • 'A masterpiece, as fresh and shocking as if it were written yesterday' Craig Brown

    "I've been told that no one sings the word 'hunger' like I do. Or the word 'love'."

    Lady Sings the Blues is the inimitable autobiography of one of the greatest icons of the twentieth century. Born to a single mother in 1915 Baltimore, Billie Holiday had her first run-in with the law at aged 13. But Billie Holiday is no victim. Her memoir tells the story of her life spent in jazz, smoky Harlem clubs and packed-out concert halls, her love affairs, her wildly creative friends, her struggles with addiction and her adventures in love. Billie Holiday is a wise and aphoristic guide to the story of her unforgettable life.

Billie Holiday was born in 1915. She began singing in jazz clubs in Harlem while still a teenager, never undergoing technical training or even learning to read music. Mainstream success followed with hits like Summertime, Autumn in New York and Strange Fruit. To this day she is considered the greatest jazz singer of all time. She died in 1959, aged 44.