Billie Holiday at 100

from  Open Source with Christopher Lydon

Feb 25, 2021

 

This show first aired July 30, 2015. The astonishment about Billie Holiday in her 100th birthday summer is how differently we hear her. Back in the day — in her music, in her autobiography — Lady Day was the full catalog of suffering in a 20th-century underground: abandonment and child prostitution on the way to drink, drug addiction, and death at 44. “The most hurt and hurting singer in jazz,” said the authoritative Nat Hentoff. But resurrection in art jumps out of the soundtrack here — starti...more

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