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.


  • Its value is in its witness to the grinding humiliation of the racism that tainted every moment of her louche life
    John Lahr, London Review of Books

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