Music History Strange Fruit Billie Holiday Cafe Society and an Early Cry for Civil Rights by David Margolick Blues Music Books for Readers

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This is a near fine (almost like new) hardcover with dust jacket. 2000 Running Press Publishing. This copy is crisp and clean inside. The pages are still crisp and clean. The binding is tight and straight. Black hardcover boards with red quarter trim under jacket are also near fine. The dust jacket is clean and shiny with only very light shelf wear. Crown octavo book site or 5.5" x 8" with 159 pages including credits.

Strange Fruit, the controversial ballad that became Billie Holiday's signature tune, holds a fascinating history. The author offers in this book a biography of the ballad and its history from thew writing of the song to its popularization by Holiday. In 1939 its performance sparked controversy and continued to follow wherever it was sung. It has been called one of 10 songs that changed the world, yet it would be another 16 years before Rosa Parks and 25 years before Martin Luther King Jr. sparked real change for civil rights. This is the story of a song that foretold a movement.

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