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Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn

Hajdu, David

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ISBN 10: 0374194386 / ISBN 13: 9780374194383
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, U.S.A., 1996
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Title: Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Edition: 1st Edition

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Billy Strayhorn (1915-1967) was one of the most accomplished composers in American music, the creator of such standards as "Take the 'A' Train", yet all his life he was overshadowed by his friend and collaborator, Duke Ellington. Through scrutiny of Strayhorn's private papers and more than five hundred interviews, Hajdu revives Strayhorn as one of the most complex and tragic figures in jazz history.


The myth has always been that Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington shared an identical approach to music. In Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn, David Hajdu dismisses that notion from the very beginning. Schooled in Debussy and Ravel, Strayhorn brought a sensitivity and complexity that was missing in the Ellington oeuvre. Although he had talent enough for a career without Ellington, Strayhorn lacked the confidence. Being both black and gay forced him to take a back seat to his partner's celebrity. Denied greater public recognition, he sought solace in a "lush life" of his own, smoking and drinking himself to an early death in 1967.

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