High Times, Hard Times Paperback – 1 Aug 2004
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"The record of [the] early years is like the story of the music itself: rich, exciting, innovative; featuring the primitive beauty of the twenties when one foot was still in showbiz; the thirties with hip sophistication and hard swinging for hard times; the explosive forties of pre-war big-band bashes and post-war bop; and then the fifties, going off in a hundred directions with a needle in the arm.... it is the best jazz autobiography I've ever read".
-- Jim Christy, (Toronto) Globe and Mail
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I fell in love with her voice and her style of delivery. Wanting to find out more about her I watched the documentary 'The Life of A Jazz Singer' (which is also great btw) specifically about her.
This book is a worthwhile read to any fan of hers, or jazz in general, I was hooked the moment I started reading it, which is something! as I don't read that often.
What a life she led, unbelievable situations and struggles against the odds, makes me laugh all these little 'celebs'of today writing about their lives after 5 minutes of 'fame'.
She was around 60 when this came out in 1981, she 'had' something to talk about, pity she is not more widely known, an amazing life and singer too!
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Great insight to the jazz era in America. Exciting and full of wonder. Lots of name dropping though which wouldn't mean much to someone who didn't know their Jazz.Published on 7 Sept. 2013 by Kay Bedford
Arrived on time in perfect condition. Autobiography written in jazz language almost as good as her wonderful singing especially in Jazz on a Summer's DayPublished on 19 July 2013 by Elly Robinson