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Bessie Smith: A RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK (Paperback, Main)

By Kay, Jackie

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'She [Bessie Smith] showed me the air and taught me how to fill it ... she's the reason I started singing, really' - Janis Joplin '[Jackie Kay] offers the most vivid evocation of Bessie Smith I have ever read' - Ian Carr, BBC Music Bessie Smith was born in Tennessee in 1894. Orph...aned by nine, she sang on street corners before becoming a big name in travelling shows. In 1923 she made her first record for a new start-up called Colombia Records. It sold 780,000 copies -- making her a star. Smith's life was notoriously wayward. She drank pints of 'bathtub gin', got in violent fist fights, spent huge sums of money and had passionate love affairs with men and women. She once single-handedly fought the Ku Klux Klan. As a young black girl growing up in Glasgow, Jackie Kay found in Bessie someone with whom she could identify and idolise. In this definitive book Kay mixes biography, fiction, poetry and prose to create an enthralling account of an extraordinary life.
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ISBN 9780571362929
Released NZ 16 Apr 2021
Publisher Faber and Faber
Format Paperback, Main
236 In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days

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ISBN-13 9780571362929
Stock Available
Status In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Faber and Faber
Imprint Faber & Faber
Released 16 Apr 2021
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, Main
Edition Main
Author(s) By Kay, Jackie
Category Theory Of Music & Musicology
Composers & Musicians
Blues music
Biography & Autobiography: Film, Television, Music, Theatre
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 13mm
Dewey Code 782.421643092
Weight 189g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Music & Dance
ONIX Text General/trade