Celebrating Anita O'Day's 100th birthday anniversary, this classic and engaging memoir is a must read for anyone wanting a real look behind the scenes at the 'golden age' of jazz. The New York Times calls it, "a fascinating travelogue through the jazz world, filled with vivid images of Gene Krupa, Stan Kenton, Roy Eldridge, and Billie Holiday...Her prose is as hip as her music."
O'Day was as well known for her drug problems as her jazz; and this candid memoir covers both in detail-starting out with her grisly 1966 overdose, then flashing back to tell all from the beginning. High Times Hard Times
presents an intimate portrait of a larger-than-life jazz and big band singer-the success of her early career, the tragedy of heroin addiction, her painful recovery, and her ultimate triumph. An inspiring story. A real cut above the usual down-and-dirty music-and-drugs confession. In the tradition of the best jazz autobiographies...a fascinating travelogue through the jazz world, filled with vivid images of Gene Krupa, Stan Kenton, Roy Eldridge and Billie Holiday...Her prose is as hip as her music. * The New York Times Book Review * A valuable, revealing, and read-at-a-gulp account of a premier American artist and the punishing winds that shaped her life and her craft. * The San Francisco Chronicle * A remarkably truthful book * The Chicago Tribune * There's a pithy edge to Ms. Day's narrative, a certain comical 'give 'em hell' combativeness that shines through the book's many dark moments. * Detroit News * The record of [the] early years is like the story of the music itself; rich, exciting, innovative; featuring the primitive beauty of the twenties when one foot was still in showbiz; the thirties with hip sophistication and hard swinging for hard times; the explosive forties of pre-war big band bashes and post-war bop; and then the fifties, going off in a hundred directions with a needle in the arm...it is the best jazz autobiography I've ever read. -- Jim Christy * Globe and Mail * This no-holds-barred account of Anita's career ups and downs, drug fables, romantic interludes, and musical tales is fascinating reading. * LA Weekly *
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