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"Billie tenía la autoridad de haber vivido intensamente las cinco décadas que le fueron asignadas en la Tierra pero su desventura nunca se pareció al fracaso, porque la Holiday transformó las penas del corazón y las zancadillas del destino en interpretaciones que conmueven por su serena dignidad, ésa que se construye día a día, a fuerza de levantarse después de cada caída""Billie tenía la autoridad de haber vivido intensamente las cinco décadas que le fueron asignadas en la Tierra pero su desventura nunca se pareció al fracaso, porque la Holiday transformó las penas del corazón y las zancadillas del destino en interpretaciones que conmueven por su serena dignidad, ésa que se construye día a día, a fuerza de levantarse después de cada caída".del prólogo de Alfredo Rosso....

Title : Billie Holiday
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ISBN : 9789896825430
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 80 Pages
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Billie Holiday Reviews

  • David Schaafsma
    2020-01-27 12:09

    Billie Holiday, by Argentinian Carlos Sampayo and artist José Muñoz is a graphic memoir in the NBM Graphic biography series that also includes works about Marie Antoinette, Glenn Gould and Elvis. The high quality of the production distinguishes this from other, similar projects. It’s beautifully rendered in black and white block prints, with an (uneven) angry and adulatory introduction by Francis Marmande, a writer and journalist for Le Monde. It also includes a section of full page worldless jazz and blues artistic renderings by Muñoz. The accomplishment of this short work is not a complete biography but a sort of jazz/poetic rendering of the dark “essence” of Holiday’s sad life, as the co-authors see it, with a focus on snapshots of sex, drugs, and terrible relationships with men instead of the music which emanates from these dark places. It never solves the question of her laughter, her joy, or the genius of her music. She’s black and a woman and lived in the twentieth century, so she was mistreated by white people and men in spite of her celebrity. However, she makes plenty of mistakes herself, and no excuses are made for these.I think the effect is sort of a dark, poetic or jazzy rendition of her life. So that effect is interesting, though there’s als0 caricature as a by-product of that effect. If you know nothing of Billie Holiday, this is maybe not the way in, it’s too elliptical and grim to fully grasp her, so maybe it would be more accurate to call this a blues portrait of a jazz singer, a short, intense view of her life. As a kind of poem of her for those that knew of her, it’s interesting. Her relationship with the saxophonist Lester Young is one of the best thing evocated (not fully explicated, of course), in this book. I want to know more about her and Lester. But the art of Muñoz is the best thing here, I think, and even that isn’t completely satisfying. Holiday’s rendition of “Summertime,” since it is a hot June here:“I Cried for You”:

  • Chessa
    2020-01-11 08:10

    Whoo boy, this was dark. Not that easy to follow the panels or story? It flashed back and forth in time, and though the black and white art was really cool it was not always the easiest to tell what was happening. A short biography of Billie Holiday, mostly dwelling on drugs, drinking, rape, humiliation. Hard to read in multiple ways.

  • Raisu
    2020-01-13 06:56

    What a waste of a fascinating subject matter. Scattered and unfocused, the comic spends too much time on the framing narrative and not enough on the Lady Day herself. She remains a cipher: the sufferer, the voice, but not a person.

  • Amy Nicole
    2020-01-04 12:18

    This story was really raw and graphic. If you can get past the introduction chapter (which is like trudging through molasses made of strange tense changes, random lyrical metaphors, the author informally referring to herself and the reader as “us”, and tangents of random facts thrown in with no explanation), then you find a really graphic depiction all the ways that Billie Holiday was raped, tortured, and victimized by the people in her life, told in a graphic novel format. So, on the one hand this made me incredibly angry at everyone who ever hurt her. She came across a lot of horribly sexist, racist, sadistic people, many of whom were cops. It’s nice that this biography didn’t try to romanticize or make light of those events, especially considering that her autobiography and other accounts had to be watered down for legal reasons. Having her story honestly told made me feel so much more respect and heartbreak for her. On the other hand, this entire story is told with a framing device of a journalist researching Holiday on the 30th anniversary of her death. That journalist is looking up all of these horrible events and making very blasé commentary on them. And at one point the journalist calls someone on the phone and the comic panels start switching back and forth between “past” and “present” but it’s really difficult to tell what’s going on. Then there was a very literary but vague point being made that no one respected or cared about Billie Holiday while she was alive and all her notoriety came posthumously. There were no good qualities about Billie Holiday shared. Nothing was said about how she persevered or overcame all of this negativity in her life to become a revered and amazing musician. There were more panels and speech bubbles from corrupt cops and racist taxi drivers and racist Hollywood directors and disgusting rapists than speech bubbles from Holiday herself. It felt like all of the attention and power was given to the vile people around her. I feel like if I really wanted to learn about Holiday and support her in a way that gives her agency, I should read her autobiography. This book felt very exploitative and belittling, even though I truly believe it was going for the opposite of that. It was just not good.I was given an ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Kurt
    2020-01-14 11:15

    Not a comprehensive biography, just a graphic sketch that dwells predominantly on the negative (drugs, cruel men, racist cops, etc.), her suffering which informed her art. Her relationship with Lester Young is portrayed as well. Excellent art by Munoz, and an afterword by Stanley Crouch.

  • Laura
    2020-01-04 07:23

    The first thing you should know about Billie Holiday, is , that although she was famous, she was black, and a woman, and those were two things that were hard in the 20th century. And this graphic novel hits on all the depressing bits of her life. From her love life, to her drugs, to her tragic death. There are no bright spots, or very few. This is a depressing look at a depressing life.Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review

  • Stacie C
    2020-01-15 07:07

    I was really interested in seeing an artistic/graphic depiction of Billie Holiday’s life. I’m not sure if that’s what I go with this book. Yes, the visuals were very graphic and I liked the juxtaposition with the narrative moving between Billie Holiday and the reporter reporting on the 30th anniversary of her death, but outside of that the story seemed to me to be lacking. There wasn’t enough being said about the type of person Billie Holiday was and more spent on the image of Billie Holiday as a drug addict, whore. The images were interesting but they weren’t enough to carry this story on its own. If I had known nothing of Billie Holiday, this book would not have informed me of her life story. My view of her would be tainted with drug abuse, prostitution and an untimely death. There is much more to Billie Holiday’s story than that. Thank you Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • kubby
    2020-01-05 04:16

    i had mixed feelings about this one. i quite liked the artwork, but what was chosen to be portrayed made me wonder: numerous scenes of her being put down or taken advantage of. it's no wonder lady sang the blues.

  • Rui Alves de Sousa
    2020-01-05 08:13

    Não é um biopic e peca por se centrar demasiado numa estética confusa. A narrativa até poderia ser mais interessante, ao cruzar duas histórias consistentes que não se cruzam com a de Holliday, mas que por ela são influenciados. Uma homenagem curiosa, mas não é mais do que isso.

  • Wayne McCoy
    2020-01-23 03:53

    'Billie Holiday' by Carlos Sampayo and José Muñoz is a graphic novel about the famous jazz singer. She didn't have a picturesque life, and this book doesn't flinch from that.The book begins with an essay by Francis Marmande, a writer and journalist for Le Monde. The graphic novel has a framing story of a journalist doing a story on the 30th anniversary of Billie's death. What follows is not a complete story of her life, and it's certainly not a happy one. Billie had her own problems with drugs and men, and those are presented in an unflinching way. She was also discriminated against and faced racism in spite of her tremendous fame.The book is drawn in stark black and white. The figures come across as caricatures with garishly drawn features. The incidents here are ugly and don't serve to put Billie Holiday in the best light. She had a hard life, and this book doesn't make any excuses for that. I appreciated the approach this graphic novel took.I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Papercutz, NBM Publishing, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

  • Heather Culley
    2019-12-29 04:08

    I thought it was a frank, beautiful, stark bummer.

  • Jeimy
    2020-01-02 09:10

    This is a graphic novel does not shy away from the abuse Holiday faced during her brief life. The premise consists of a reporter doing a story about her life for the 50th anniversary of her death. What we get are snippets on how men used and abused the singer. While I enjoyed reading it, I would have appreciated a more nuanced view of the singer's life.

  • Micheline
    2020-01-01 06:10

    Going into this you should be very aware that Billie Holiday lead a hard and tragic life. It's not something that could or should be left out of any telling of her life. The problem I had with this telling is that it focuses solely only on the horrific abuses that she endured. I feel like we could hear more about her music and relationships without loosing the rawness of her reality. I also had a hard time with the art style. The heavy, blocky art made it hard for me to differentiate changes in locations and characters. I had to reread pages several times to try and peg down what was going on and who was talking. The story left me wishing I knew more about Billie Holiday rather than making me feel like I had learned anything new about an icon of history.

  • David
    2020-01-01 06:06

    Not a straight ahead biography, which is a shame, but a stylish mini-bio by two of the world's best comic book creators. Billie Holiday's life is still waiting for a fully developed visual treatment. (It's interesting to note how different this book and the Diana Ross movie are from each other).

  • John Plowright
    2020-01-02 10:18

    Billie Holliday (born Eleanora Fagan, on 7 April 1915) had teenage parents and experienced a childhood of poverty and abuse. ‘Billie Holiday’ by writer Carlos Sampayo and artist Jose Muñoz starts with an introduction charting her life by French journalist Francis Marmande. Even allowing for very poor translation his is one of the worst pieces of writing – both prolix and pretentious – that I’ve encountered. The opening sentence gives you a taste:“Let’s forget for a moment, please, since it’s unforgettable in of itself, in fact, impossible to, indelible, but try to forget her mother giving birth at the age of thirteen, her great-grandmother housed in a shack in the back of the plantation, whom the master, a handsome Irishman, would come bang at set times, and by whom, she would have seventeen children all dead except for one, Billie’s grandfather.”The French have a habit of elevating the heroes of popular culture to the pantheon of the greats, even regarding Jerry Lewis as a genius. It should therefore come as no surprise that Marmande rates ‘Lady Day’ on a par with Virginia Woolf, Carson McCullers, Marguerite Duras, Stravinsky and Mozart.It therefore comes as a considerable relief to leave the introduction behind and to move on to the book proper.Carlos Sampayo copies the central storytelling device from ‘Citizen Kane’ so that instead of newsreel reporter Jerry Thompson trying to reconstruct the life of the recently deceased Charles Foster Kane, we follow a New York newspaper reporter who is researching Holiday’s life for a piece to mark the 30th anniversary of her death.Sampayo’s text covers all the key aspects of Holiday’s harrowing life, including the prostitution, alcoholism, drug addiction, destructive relationships, and casual and overt racism, and is admirably complemented by the stark but arresting black-and-white drawings of Muñoz. Holiday’s relationship with Lester Young, her personal courage (most obvious in her championing of the song ‘Strange Fruit’) and the reminders of her vocal artistry do a little to make Holiday’s life and the book less dark and downbeat.

  • Helen
    2020-01-04 11:00

    Originally posted on HellyReadsI read this whilst listening to Billie Holiday sing like an angel. Such an amazing voice setting the backdrop for me to learn about her life in this absolutely stunning graphic biography.Told as a story of a journalist writing an article about her to commemorate the anniversary of her death, it tells of her struggles with alcohol, drugs, men, the police and racism.Parts of her story made me so sad, others angry. It is amazing that a person who had lived through so much could still find the strength to get on stage and sing like she did. It also partially explains how her voice was so full of feeling.Until I read this, I had no idea about Billie Holiday as a person. I just knew the voice, that she had died relatively young, and the era she lived in would've made it difficult to be a beautiful talented black woman. This has really opened my eyes, and made me appreciate her talent even more.Absolutely gorgeous to look at, really well told, I absolutely loved it.

  • Erin Anderson
    2020-01-12 06:03

    The positive: I learned a lot about Billie Holiday in a fast, unflinching take of the highs & lows (mostly lows). The graphic novel format meant I could actually see this icon treated so miserably in an overtly racist & sexist America, which was painful but powerful. The negative: The framing was so confusing. Why come at from a reporter-on-deadline angle instead of doing a straight bio? And why set that reporter in the 90s instead of now? And even if you have to have the reporter, why do we care about his drunk girlfriend? This outer plotline also made it hard for me to keep the side characters straight as the book jumped around in time. The art, though stark & expressive, also made distinguishing non-Billie characters difficult. I did like that you got to see the shifts between reverence now with abuse then (as with the cop who guarded her hospital bed) but I still think there would be a less confusing way to do this.

  • Maia
    2020-01-21 11:20

    Jose Munoz and Carlos Sampayo tell a bold but fragmented tale of Billie Holiday juxtaposing some of her finest moments with some of her darkest ones. A reporter writing a story on the 30 year anniversary of her death digs through notes and remembrances, finding her lovers, her addition, her genius. The heavy black and white give the whole book a noir feel, with lyrics interspersed in a sharp spiky text.

  • Meaghan Steeves
    2020-01-20 05:17

    The art style is striking and the narrative a very interesting way of looking at Billie's life. My only regret is that it wasn't longer. I should have read "The Lady Sings the Blues" first. Maybe I'll read that and give this another go.

  • Kristine
    2020-01-09 06:23

    Billie Holiday by Carlos Sampayo is a free NetGalley e-comicbook that I read in late May.A very quick, but striking comic that jumps between a reporter writing about Billie Holiday and Lady Day's life told in discriminating, vice-filled, yet strangely emotive black ink woodcut.

  • Martha Curtis
    2020-01-17 08:19

    Graphic novel. The book is all done in black in white. Very sad. Although a great Jazz singer, Billie Holiday had a very hard life. She fell into the spell of alcohol and drugs. Holiday was banned from appearing in cabarets/clubs in New York City.

  • Kevin Summers
    2020-01-19 08:00

    This graphic novel focuses on very unpleasant aspects of Billie Holiday's life. I don't understand the authors' intent.

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    2020-01-09 12:16

  • Danielle
    2020-01-22 10:56

    The narrative was very difficult to follow. It made me want to read a more formal biography, because this only gave me bits and pieces.

  • Rich
    2019-12-29 07:01

    Maybe i loved it more because i was listening to Lady Day while i read... such a sad story, such a beautiful voice.

  • wildct2003
    2020-01-08 08:00

    OK for mood and experiences, not too good for storytelling. Did not care for the pictures. Liked the intro.

  • Reyel2107
    2020-01-25 11:14

    uma maravilhosa biografia sobre uma grande e bela voz !!!!

  • Krystal
    2020-01-01 07:19

    Exploring this graphic novel was an interesting experience, as it shed light on such an iconic musical genius, while illustrating her resilience amid shadows of white supremacy, misogyny, etc.

  • Matti Karjalainen
    2020-01-02 03:59

    Carlos Sampayon ja José Muñozin "Billie Holiday" (WSOY, 1992) on sarjakuva-albumi kuuluisan jazzlaulajan traagisesta elämästä, jota sävyttivät niin päihderiippuvuus, hyväksikäyttö kuin rasismi. Kiinnostavasta aihe, mutta kaikesta huolimatta tummanpuhuvan albumin kohdehenkilö tuntui jäävän vähän kaukaiseksi. Elämäkerrallinen sarjakuva ei ole helppo tyylilaji.

  • Mariano Lastiri
    2020-01-14 05:08

    Me decepcionó bastante. No porque no tuviera los condimentos que más me gustan de este gran dúo de autores franco-argentinos, sino porque hubo aspectos en la extensión, la gráfica y la narrativa que le jugaron en contra.Sampayo sigue con uno de sus focos narrativas favoritos cuando se trata de adaptar biopics en las viñetas: Pensar al personaje desde una suerte de debate entre la figura mítica y la documentada/realista.El problema es que con apenas 48 páginas, casi no hay espacio para desarrollar personajes, acontecimientos y dejarnos con necesidad de más, algo que si pude experimentar cuando estos autores se metieron a retratar al ídolo máximo de la canción rioplatense, en Carlos Gardel, tal vez su obra definitiva.Con todo esto en contra, la narración se vuelve por momentos confusa y es muy facil terminar en saltos temporales que nos hacen pensar al final "no había más que contar". Por suerte, hay detalles que son agradables de leer en todas las obras de Sampayo: destello humorísticos ingeniosos, referencia histórica sutil y diálogos que podrían ponerse al ritmo de tu disco de jazz favorito. El autor ama la música y esa música se siente aún bajo un formato que carece totalmente de sonoridad. Muñoz complementa a la perfección parte de esa atmósfera musical y melancólica de la obra, pero acá se siente que distrae más que lo que complementa.El autor demuestra mucho de esa impronta que le dejó el viejo Breccia, pero hubiese preferido que apostase más al trazo que le dejó su gran maestro Hugo Pratt. Puede ser una percepción muy personal mía, pero sentí que muchas veces restaba más de lo que sumaba.Por fuera de eso, Billie Holiday tiene muchos momentos rescatables y muestra a dos grandes autores de nuestra historieta tratando de darlo todo en un formato diferente. Lástima que Lady day pudo cantar mejor en esta ocasión y solo dejó un réquiem un poco cansino para recordarla.