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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: DaCapo Press; New Ed edition (1 Aug. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306806428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306806421
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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"That rarity among jazz biographies--a thoroughly researched and carefully considered study that is also a delightful read."
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"Erudite and intelligent."
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The life of the very private and media-shy Ella Fitzgerald has long been shrouded in a mixture of half-truths and fiction. What emerges in Stuart Nicholson's groundbreaking biography is a remarkable story of a poor black girl's determination to realize the American Dream in the face of racial and sexual prejudice. She succeeded, and is now the definition of "jazz singer" to millions, one of the greatest of all jazz musicians. In this fullest account ever of her life, Nicholson draws on fresh research and interviews with Ella's friends and colleagues. Supplemented by Phil Schaap's authoritative discography, Ella Fitzgerald is a rich and revealing portrait of one of the most popular American singers in history.

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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.' JazzReview.com

`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...
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Nice in depth story
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Very pleased with it - gift for husband he like's musician & singer biographies & autobiographies & is a blues fan
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Great price and quick delivery
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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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