In 1955, his friend and sometimes manager Mellie Bartholomew, Who was married to journalist William Duty, invited to come to the Holiday to stay in his apartment to hide journalists from the poisonous men in his life (including the laughter of her last husband). Louis Mackay) Belongs to. Then talk started on her and Duffey’s book.
It was believed, perhaps correctly, that, after not playing a show in New York for eight years due to the revocation of the cabaret license, Holiday was interested in collaborating on his life story because he needed the money.
“She was writing for money to support her drug habit, and for publicity to reveal that she was away from the habit and to get her cabaret card back,” the journalist wrote Linda Kuhl, Whose years of research deserve, interviews with people, including those close to the singer, are the most drawn-to collection for holidaygraphers. Lady sings sad. (A strange case in itself, Kuhl planned to write the definitive book on the holiday, but he died in 1978, after the jump – according to a Washington building, with DC family members disputing the conclusion that he Took his life.)
film producer James Erskine Acquired Kuehl’s collection and used it to make the 2020 documentary Billy, Which was released in November. In a taped interview, he is heard asking the drummer Jonathan “Joe” Jones They went back to the 1940s and 1950s, traveling south to perform.
“We were going through hell!” They said. “Miss Billy Holiday didn’t have the privilege of using the toilet in the filling station. The boys could at least go out into the woods. You don’t know anything about it because you never have to subject yourself to it Is. Never! “
talking to Guardian When the documentary came out, Erskine said, “We finished the film last year and I didn’t watch it again until September. I was shocked at how political it was. When we were making it, We felt that we were presenting the truth. ” Things everyone understood, white man power, structural racism. I was setting up to make a film about Billy, and one of the joys is that you actually get to see him. But I think it tells us that we seek shelter. ‘T really addressed any kind of rhetorical wounds in society. “