Strange Fruit The Biography of a Song

ISBN-10: 0060959568
ISBN-13: 9780060959562
Edition: 2001
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Description: Recorded by jazz legend Billie Holiday in 1939, "Strange Fruit" is considered to be the first significant song of the civil rights movement and the first direct musical assault upon racial lynchings in the South. Originally sung in New York's Cafe  More...

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Book details

List price: $12.99
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1/23/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

Recorded by jazz legend Billie Holiday in 1939, "Strange Fruit" is considered to be the first significant song of the civil rights movement and the first direct musical assault upon racial lynchings in the South. Originally sung in New York's Cafe Society, these revolutionary lyrics take on a life of their own in this revealing account of the song and the struggle it personified. Strange Fruit not only chronicles the civil rights movement from the '30s on, it examines the lives of the beleaguered Billie Holiday and Abel Meeropol, the white Jewish schoolteacher and communist sympathizer who wrote the song that would have an impact on generations of fans, black and white, unknown and famous, including performers Lena Horne, Eartha Kitt, and Sting.

David Margolickis contributing editor,Vanity Fair,and a frequent contributor to theNew York Times Book Review.He was for fifteen years a legal affairs reporter at theNew York Times,writing the weekly "At the Bar" column and covering the trial of O. J. Simpson, among others. His most recent book isBeyond Glory: Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, and a World on the Brink.He lives in New York City.

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