Billie Holiday

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God bless the style: how Billie Holiday made glamour revolutionary
With Lee Daniels’ film The United States Vs Billie Holiday out this week, the jazz star’s signatures – gowns, gloves and gardenias – are being reassessed. Could they be seen as a radical act?

Lauren Cochrane

22, Feb, 2021 @5:58 AM

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Lee Daniels: ‘Studios will give you about $10 to make a black movie’
The maverick director makes the films no one else would dare to – persuading Oprah to break her acting drought, and Nicole Kidman to pee on Zac Efron. What’s his next coup?

Hadley Freeman

20, Feb, 2021 @12:00 PM

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The United States vs Billie Holiday review – Lee Daniels' misguided biopic | Peter Bradshaw's film of the week
Lee Daniels’ bizarre decision to root this account of the singer’s late years in supposition about her romance with a federal agent cheapens her courage

Peter Bradshaw

19, Feb, 2021 @5:00 PM

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M Ward: Think of Spring review – a spectral tribute to Billie Holiday
The ever-questing Matthew Ward turns his minimalist attentions to Holiday’s lush 1958 album Lady in Satin

Neil Spencer

05, Dec, 2020 @4:00 PM

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Streaming: the best jazz films
A new Billie Holiday documentary prompts a look at the films that best capture the spirit of the jazz greats

Guy Lodge

14, Nov, 2020 @8:00 AM

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Billie review – a truer, historical spin on the great Billie Holiday
Exploitation and harassment, not ‘inner demons’, brought down the singer, argues this documentary that showcases her superb voice

Peter Bradshaw

12, Nov, 2020 @11:00 AM

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Singer, activist, sex machine, addict: the troubled brilliance of Billie Holiday
A new documentary uncovers lost tapes to tell the intimate real story of the jazz singer – one with terrible resonance today as the US continues to fight institutional racism

Alex Godfrey

06, Nov, 2020 @11:51 AM

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Jimmy Cobb obituary
Jazz drummer who continued to perform for half a century after recording Kind of Blue with Miles Davis

John Fordham

28, May, 2020 @4:16 PM

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Live Aid to Sonic Death Monkey – the best gigs at the movies
As the Queen and Elton John biopics prove, great concert performances are at the heart of the best films about music. Here are 15 of the finest

Tom Fordy

29, May, 2019 @6:32 AM

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Are Maybot’s speeches due an upgrade? | Brief letters
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Letters

17, Feb, 2019 @5:53 PM

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The greatest banned songs of all time – ranked!
Thirty years on from 2 Live Crew being banned by the Beeb, we pick 20 foul-mouthed, orgiastic outings deemed too scandalous for public consumption

Laura Snapes

14, Feb, 2019 @1:02 PM

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Young arts run free: the 50 best things to do in the UK for zilch
Whether you’re a social strategist or a stone-broke student, there’s a world of cultural freebies to be seized across the UK

Leonie Cooper

29, Sep, 2018 @6:00 AM

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