On this day, July 17, in 1959 Billie Holiday passed away. In tribute, I have provided links to a few sources that would make for interesting consultation.
NPR ran an interesting piece on Billie Holiday’s final resting place.
bio.TRUE STORY has a nice mini-bio film about Holiday at their site.
Between these two sources, two scholars appear whose work on Holiday I have found quite edifying: NPR features commentary from Farah Jasmine Griffin, author of If You Can’t Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday; the mini-bio film features commentary from Robert O’Meally, author of Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday.
NPR’s Jazz Profile on Holiday, “Billie Holiday: Lady Sings the Blues,” makes for good listening. Check it out if you can.