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Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song

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The audience was completely silent the first time Billie Holiday performed a song called "Strange Fruit." In the 1930s, Billie was known as a performer of jazz and blues music, but this song wasn't either of those things. It was a song about injustice, and it would change her life forever.

Discover how two outsiders -- Billie Holiday, a young black woman raised in poverty, and Abel Meeropol, the son of Jewish immigrants -- combined their talents to create a song that challenged racism and paved the way for the Civil Rights Movement.

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"Lynching: a strange and difficult but important topic for a song — and for this picture book. Golio crafts an honest biography of African-American jazz singer Billie Holiday, whose light skin, penchant for improvisation, and commitment to social justice often made her the center of heated controversy....When Jewish songwriter Abel Meeropol wrote 'Strange Fruit,' about the lynching of blacks, for Billie to perform, Meeropol’s rendition of it failed to move her. Once she made it her own, however, she stunned audiences with her performance. This picture book emphasizes that the arts not only entertain, but can also be powerful change agents." -- Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 7 - 10
Author Gary Golio
Illustrator Charlotte Riley-Webb
ISBN 1467751235
Publication Date Feb 1, 2017
Publisher Millbrook Press
Language English