Bessie Smith – Signed Copy

Jackie Kay

ISBN: 9780571362929S

£9.99

Signed paperback copy of Bessie Smith by Jackie Kay

Hand signed by Jackie Kay to the publisher’s bookplate

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Description

Bessie Smith: singer, icon, pioneer.

Scotland’s National Poet Jackie Kay brings to life the tempestuous story of the greatest blues singer who ever lived.

Bessie Smith was born in Tennessee in 1894. Orphaned by the age of nine, she sang on street corners before becoming a big name in travelling shows. In 1923 she made her first recording for a new start-up called Columbia Records. It sold 780,000 copies and made her a star.

Smith’s life was notoriously difficult: she drank pints of ‘bathtub gin’, got into violent fist fights, spent huge sums of money and had passionate love affairs with men and women. She once single-handedly fought off a cohort of the Ku Klux Klan.

As a young black girl growing up in Glasgow, Jackie Kay found in Bessie someone with whom she could identify and who she could idolise. In this remarkable book Kay mixes biography, fiction, poetry and prose to create an enthralling account of an extraordinary life.

Further Information

Format Paperback
Publisher Faber & Faber
Published 18/02/2021
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