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Ella Fitzgerald: A Biography Of The First Lady Of Jazz By Stuart Nicholson,

  • Title: Ella Fitzgerald: A Biography Of The First Lady Of Jazz
  • Author: Stuart Nicholson
  • ISBN: 9780306806421
  • Page: 416
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 tThe 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.
    Ella Fitzgerald A Biography Of The First Lady Of Jazz 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 st

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    1. Stuart nicholson s biography of the life of the Queen of Jazz Ella Fitzgerald was great He wrote about the life of Ella in a way that made you feel like you were growing up as she did experiencing everything as she did In the book the author tells about the obstacles that she came across in her life and what made her into the strong successful women that she was Where having strong beliefs and dreams could get you if you wanted it enough The author gives you details and insight on important even [...]

    2. I am interested in reading about Ella Fitzgerald s life I am not interested in reading Mr Nicholson s opinions on her swing era repertoire, where he takes a giant steaming dump on her music of that time frame and later periods where those songs resurface His opinions are out of place contextually, are unnecessary to further our knowledge of the subject, and cast a shadow over the story of Ella s life, as though you were reading her story through the lens of a whiny, bitter critic who only cares [...]

    3. I love Ella s music But even my love of Ella can t stop me from thinking that this is one of the worst biographies I have ever read It is simply a entry of Ella s albums and concerts I think the writer would have been better off writing a book on history of jazz based on facts as there is nothing humane about Ella in this work I m also puzzled why he chose Ella as he seems to dislike 90% of what Ella has done despite acknowledging the fact that she has an amazing musical talent.

    4. Ella Fitzgerald led a fascinating life, from growing up during the Great Depression and doing her first audition as a teenager that was living on the street, dirty and dressed in ragged clothes, to living in luxury as the First Lady of Jazz This biography was well researched and included detailed information about Ella s life I had to listen to her singing some of her songs on You Tube to add to the enjoyment of reading the book

    5. Stuart Nicholson has done an excellent job of revealing Ella Fitzgerald s life His research was extensive and his insight on how music changed in her lifetime is very compelling The only drawback, in my opinion, is the denseness of his writing Though, it is just a little over 300 pgs it is not a quick read.

    6. Hearing Ella Fitzgerald finesse the Gershwin songbook is one of my earliest, strongest childhood memories The magic of her singing spoiled me for good Nicholson s well researched book gave me such an appreciation for the incredible poverty, racism, and sexism she overcame to share her singular talent with the world He acknowledges her eagerness to please caused her to often choose inferior material to sing, but he clearly revered her superlative diction, clarity, and range He acknowledges that m [...]

    7. Good combo of her personal and professional life, including some insights into the prevailing practices of the music industry at certain times Well researched and included a number of primary sources Great discography info.

    8. I prefer information about the artist s personal life and less about her professional performances in many venues Ella maintained a distance between herself and her public, and I respect that Nevertheless, I had hoped to learn about her, her relationships including the ones with her husbands, lovers, adopted son and granddaughter.

    9. This took a long time to read because, once Ella makes it, the story is over The book becomes a record on repeat Concert tour, concert tour, concert tour, album release, moderate shake up repeat Bless her, Ella managed to stay away from controversy, which makes for a great life as a public figure, but makes for pretty dull reading.

    10. I wish I had enough time to finish this before I had to return it to the library But what i read was well researched and set me on the path to discover a lot of her influences and those she inspired Excellent read.

    11. One of the most levelheaded and hype free biographies I ve written Great myth busting and music dissecting too.

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