Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday, Cafe Society, and an Early Cry for Civil Rights

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The story of the song that foretold a movement and the Lady who dared sing it.Billie Holiday's signature tune, 'Strange Fruit', with its graphic and heart-wrenching portrayal of a lynching in the South, brought home the evils of racism as well as being an inspiring mark of resistance.The song's powerful, evocative lyrics - written by a Jewish communist schoolteacher - portray the lynching of a black man in the South. In 1939, its performance sparked controversy (and sometimes violence) wherever Billie Holiday went. Not ...

Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday, Cafe Society And An Early Cry For Civil Rights 2002, Canongate Books Ltd, Edinburgh

ISBN-13: 9781841952840

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Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday, Cafe Society and an Early Cry for Civil Rights 2001, Payback Press, Edinburgh

ISBN-13: 9781841951133

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