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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 November 2012
Ella Fitzgerald was nominated a `Notable Book of 1994' by The New York Times Review of Books

`In the words of Stuart Nicholson in Ella Fitzgerald, she disappears into the song, which makes biography a tricky enterprise. Mr. Nicholson does a very fine job with Ms. Fitzgerald. To his everlasting credit, he reveals the facts behind the copy forthrightly but never gloatingly. It was much harder than it seemed, becoming Ella Fitzgerald: finding the golden mean between girlish ebullience and matronly calm that suited her temperament but also became her shield.' Margo Jefferson, New York Times (USA)

`One of the best biographies of a jazz performer ever written.' Stage and Television Today

`Ella Fitzgerald is one of the very best biographies of any great American singer ever published.' Will Friedwald (author of Jazz Singing)

`One of the finest jazz nonfiction books concerning a female jazz vocalist.'

`A biography of erudition and style...a model, not only of research but of musical insight.' Dave Gelly, Observer

`Nicholson is erudite and intelligent...a valuable addition to the jazz bookshelf.' Kirkus Reviews (USA)

`Nicholson is a jazz buff and a shrewd critic.' The Times

`Excellent...[Nicholson] avidly communicates the luminosity and swing of the Fitzgerald sound.' The Seattle Times (USA)

`When it comes to the music, Nicholson is right on.' Washington Post (USA)

`The first factually reliable account of Ms. Fitzgerald's life.' Wall Street Journal (USA)

`Recommended.' Library Journal (USA)

`That rarity among jazz biographies: a thoroughly researched and carefully considered study of an artist that is also a delightful read...On every page, really, the critically perceptive writer advances our understanding of the music and of the premier female interpreter of the popular song, not to mention an America filled with racial prejudice.' Downbeat (USA)

`A splendidly researched biography.' Leonard Feather, Jazz Times (USA)

`This is a well researched, gracefully written biography.' Booklist (USA)

`Meticulously researched...[and] most revealing, too. Just to state that this book is a full account of this splendid lady's life and times barely hints at the depth and detail which the indefatigable Nicholson has unearthed...A triumph!' Crescendo & Jazz Music

`[An] exhaustive biography...the result is a thorough, dispassionate account of [her] career.' Publishers Weekly (USA)

`Nicholson has composed a full narrative...that will fascinate jazz book junkies, fans of Ella and jazz historians in particular...The book excels as a detailed chronicle of her career triumphs with sensitive analyses of her style, sound and development...a boon to serious students of jazz.' Women's Review of Books (USA)

`Mr. Nicholson does a very fine job...with clear eyed intelligence.' New York Times (USA)

`This book is a labor of love...impressive.' Bookpage (USA)

`[Nicholson] proves uncommonly objective for a biographer.' Chicago Tribune (USA)

`[An] outstanding volume.' Max Harrison, Hampstead and Highgate Express and The International Association of Jazz Record Collectors Journal

`For accuracy and depth, Nicholson knock's spots off earlier attempts at Ella's biography.' Brian Priestly, The Wire

`This biography of Ella Fitzgerald undoubtedly places others well and truly in the shade... Altogether this is a very good, well researched, well written addition to the jazz bookshelf. Nicholson brings new life and perceptive insight to the life and career of one of the greatest singing talents the world has known.' Jazz Journal

`Nicholson's musical analysis is always enlightening, exploding a number of myths.' BBC Music Magazine

`Fondly detailing every hit and miss of her concert career, Nicholson pays harmonious variations on a deceptively simple theme'. The Mail on Sunday

`This is a well written, meticulously documented, honest book. The musical analyses thorough, intelligent, and carefully considered...most importantly, any reader, from those casually acquainted with Ella's work to those thoroughly immersed in it, will come away with a clearer image of the woman, her music and its significance.' Mississippi Rag (USA)

When Ella Fitzgerald appeared in paperback in the US in 1996, it was nominated a `Noteworthy Paperback' in The New York Times Review of Books `New & Noteworthy' collection.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2013
Very pleased with it - gift for husband he like's musician & singer biographies & autobiographies & is a blues fan
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2014
Great price and quick delivery
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 31 October 2012
i am a big ella fitzgerald fan,and this book,was a fantastic read,
from her early days ,starting out,never in all her life was scandle ,ever attached,
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