• "John Szwed’s swift, conversational and yet detail-rich new biography, Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth, communicates its artist-first priorities in the subtitle, and then makes good on them throughout … That’s about as fine a centenary-year gift as anyone had a right to expect."

  • "Insightful, investigative… entertaining and illuminating … a wonderfully engaging and revealing look at the great Lady Day."

    The Scotsman
  • "Illuminating account restores to the singer the dignity of a true artist."

  • "A musicologist’s appreciation of the jazz singer… a marvel."

  • "Szwed’s book offers a fresh attempt to understand and explain the nature and scope of Holiday’s achievement."

    Times Literary Supplement