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By Donald Clarke

Certainly no singer has been extra mythologized and extra misunderstood than Billie vacation, who helped to create a lot of the mystique herself along with her autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues. "Now, eventually, now we have a definitive biography," acknowledged Booklist of Donald Clarke's Billie Holiday, "by a deeply compassionate, respectful, and open-minded biographer [whose] portrait embraces each aspect of Holiday's paradoxical nature, from her fierceness to her vulnerability, her childlikeness to her innate beauty and remarkable strength." Clarke used to be given unmatched entry to a treasure trove of interviews from the 1970s—interviews with those that knew girl Day from her early life within the streets and good-time homes of Baltimore throughout the early days of luck in big apple and into the years of status, correct as much as her tragic decline and demise on the age of forty-four. Clarke makes use of those interviews to split truth from fiction and, within the phrases of the Seattle Times, "finally units us immediately. . .evoking her global in all its pain, triumph, strength and irony." Newsday referred to as this "a completely riveting account of vacation and her milieu." The New York Times raved that it "may be the main completely priceless of the various books on Holiday," and Helen Oakley Dance in JazzTimes stated, "We may still most likely need to wait decades for one more lifetime of Billie vacation to supersede Donald Clarke's achievement."

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She might have to jive him, like tell him, 'Go ahead and do such-and-such a thing till I get it hard, or till I get my own self straighten out,' till she can get around and beat him. O r Alice Dean or one of the girls has to sneak behind and help her beat him. No telling how much money they make. You never see people getting so rich so quick. Eleanora was doing it. I wasn't - not then. Then I was learning the trade, by working in the house and watching. Alice Dean never learned me nothing, I just watch what she did.

But Sadie's time on the Point was a disappointment, and Wee Wee was another rejection. He was eight years younger than Sadie and remembered the time well; for a while Eleanora regarded him as a stepfather, and nearly fifty years later he voiced pangs of remorse over his misspent youth, while also forgiving himself, according to the eternal double standard: My mother tried to get me to do the right thing by Sadie, and that's the truth. ' I guess I was a bad fella. I was gambling, running around, running different women.

That's what I loved too. No telling how much I blowed in one nlght. However much my girls gave me, that's how much I blowed. I saw 'em each every day, they give me whatever they make. They was glad to give it to me. They love me, that's what they say. I was a young man; I satisfy 'em in bed. They don't want nothing else. I give 'em whatever they need to keep 'em presentable for trade. They didn't go too many places. I'm the one has to sport; they didn't do no sporting. Now and then I take one of 'em to a nightclub, but I never let 'em see no other cats.

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