Bessie (Paperback)
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Bessie (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 15/07/2005
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This book-a revised and expanded edition of the definitive biography of Bessie Smith, known as the "Empress of the Blues"-debunks many of the myths that circulated after her untimely death in 1937. For this new edition, Chris Albertson provides more details of Bessie's early years, new interview material, and a chapter devoted to events and responses that followed the original publication.

Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300107562
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 495 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The first estimable full-length biography not only of Bessie Smith but of any black musician."-Whitney Balliett, New Yorker (on the first edition)

"A remarkably clear-eyed examination of Smith's personality (and sexuality) and, more important, of the gritty and greedy music business."-Benjamin Schwarz, Atlantic Monthly

"The most devastating, provocative, and enlightening work of its kind ever contributed to the annals of jazz literature."-Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times (on the first edition)

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