Ha, ha, ha … Get it? Because it’s Source yogurt? I’ll stop now. But before you leave, shaking your head, because of my cringe-worthy joke, check out my biblography below. You may find some of these resources interesting or useful in the future.
Biography.com was the very first site I used for the eminent study. This is where I found the most basic and notable information about Billie Holiday. It was based on the information from this website, that I ultimately decided that she would be my eminent person. On this site, you can find biographical information such as her original birth name, the day she was born, and where she grew up. You can also read about key moments in her life that may be important to know. This includes her troubled childhood, the orchestras she worked with, and some of her most notable songs including Miss Brown To You and God Bless The Child.
BillieHoliday.com was another introductory site I used at the beginning of research. Here, I looked through her life’s timeline, viewed pictures of her, and again saw some basic biographical information. One thing to note about this site is that it strongly praises Billie. There is no information about the negative moments in her life such as her substance abuse. Because a goal of my project was to put a main focus on Billie’s successful moments in life, this didn’t bother me. However, I feel it is important for a reader to know that there is more to her story than all sunshine and happiness.
PBS.org was used as a “verification” website. One of the few ways I use to see if my information seems reliable is by checking it on various sites to see if things match up. As PBS is generally quite trustworthy, I compared the information from this site with my other two sites to make sure all of the information lined up properly. Good news: it did!
Lady Sings the Blues – Billie Holiday with William Dufty and a foreword from David Ritz was the key book I used during my eminent person study. When I borrowed this book from the Vancouver Library, I found that it particularly helped with my speech. Reading about the moments when she was on stage made me feel like I was in the venue at the time. I wanted to convey this same atmosphere and feeling during my own speech. The book also helped me understand the early-life background of Billie Holiday. It almost felt as if I had known her personally.
Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday, Café Society, And An Early Cry For Civil Rights – David Margolick and a foreword from Hilton Als was the second book I used for eminent. Billie’s song, Strange Fruit, was a topic I was intrigued to talk about in both my speech and learning centre. Like when I read Lady Sings the Blues, reading about the audience’s reaction to Billie’s performance in Strange Fruit, helped me set a mood for my speech.
And now eminent is complete. Until next year. . .