One of the greatest voices of jazz and blues of all time, the highly talented and tormented Billie Holiday (1915-1959) harboured a special veneration for Thérèse of Lisieux: this connection is recounted by Tracy Fessenden in her latest book, Religion Around Billie Holiday (2018) which retraces lesser known aspects of the great American artist’s life. As well as her attachment to the Rosary, much of Lady Day’s music was strongly influenced by religion, often in surprising ways. In fact this book analyses the spiritual forces which left their mark on the artist during her brief but extremelyintense life.
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