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by Nicholson Stuart

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ISBN: 0575051442
ISBN13: 978-0575051447
Category: Photography
Subcategory: Music
Author: Nicholson Stuart
Language: English
Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons; 1St Edition edition (1993)
Pages: 288 pages
ePUB size: 1264 kb
FB2 size: 1577 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 784
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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 about her contributions to bebop and doesn't appreciate her vast talents because they are not entirely suited to his taste. I'd like to read a biography written by a true fan of her music and I'll second others' reviews about the book containing very little information about Ella's personal experiences.
I'll start off by saying that I'm a huge Ella fan. I bought this hoping to learn more about her real life and what made her who she was. I was really disappointed in that the author gives a rundown of all her gigs and connections and a history of how she got to be from place to place. The writing is almost void of Ella.....her thoughts or personal experiences from her own perspective are missing. I gathered just as much information about her life from internet searching. I was really hoping for something along the lines of Art Pepper's "Straight Life" and this falls, sadly, very short. It's okay for the reader that wants to know where she lived, performed, and recorded but not for much else.
A bit of a dull read. Ella did not have an interesting life in the way that, say, Billie Holiday did. The author makes quite a lot of comparisons between the two. Even though they were contemporaries, Billie's life makes for much more interesting reading because of her approach to life and to music and because of the people she associated with. I recommend "I Wished on the Moon" by Donald Clarke for a first class biography of BH.
I have long been an Ella Fitzgerald fan, so overall I found this book to be an enjoyable and interesting read -- but in my opinion it was a bit unbalanced and tedious at times. There was quite a bit of "the music critics' " analyses of jazz, Ella's performances, and her recordings, which was much less interesting to me than her LIFE. But I now know that she was a very private person, so maybe there just isn't a lot of information to be had. But for example, I would have liked to know more about her marriage and her adopted son.
I loved this book. I learned so much. However, it took me awhile to get through it. Every time a recording was mentioned. I went to You Tube t listen to it. It was a excellent way to read this biography.
grand star
I liked the author’s description and comparisons on Ella’s vocal qualities to musical instruments
Especially the woodwind instruments and how her light , flexible vocal structure allowed her to use her instrument in the dynamic way and range she did
well researched
It's more like a history book of the swing times. Since Ella never talked about herself it doesn't really let you get to know who she is but you learn what she was doing and you get tiny glimpses of her personality etc. But it's very interesting to learn about what was happening back then.