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Eleanora Lady Day Fagan, better known as Billie Holiday, played a primary role in the development of American jazz culture and in African American history. Devoted to the enduring jazz icon, covering many aspects of her career, image and legacy, these fresh essays range from musical and vocal analyses, to critical assessments of film depictions of the singer, to analysis of the social movements and protests addressed by her signature songs, including her impact on contemporary movements such as #BlackLivesMatter. More than a century after her birth, Billie Holiday's abiding relevance and impact is a testament to the power of musical protest. This collection pays tribute to her creativity, bravery and lasting legacy.
About the Author
Michael V. Perez is an assistant professor of humanities at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. His poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Route Seven Review, BLOOM, The Journal of Florida Studies and Glass Poetry Journal. Jessica McKee is an assistant professor of humanities and director of the writing center for the academic advancement center at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Her research interests include popular culture, gender studies, and the intersections of music and literature.