Book cover, 11.9k BILLIE HOLIDAY - The story of America's greatest and most tragic jazz singer

a graphic novel by: José Muñoz & Carlos Sampayo
publisher: Fantagraphics Books
ISBN number: 0-56097-085-5


Writer Carlos Sampayo and artist José Muñoz have together created a complex story that weaves together episodes from Billie Holiday's life, the calculating commentory of a cynical, burned-out newspaper reporter, and the memories of Alack Sinner, a former police officer whose life intersected with Holiday's briefly but significantly.

The three different versions of Holiday's life combine into a stunning portrait of a doomed artist. From her friendship with saxophonist Lester Young to her herion addiction to the subtle expressiveness of her music Billie Holiday brings a great vocalist to life.

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