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A Biography of Billy Strayhorn

David Hajdu

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Billy Strayhorn (1915-1967) was one of the most accomplished composers in American music, the creator of such standards as "Take the 'A' Train", yet all his life he was overshadowed by his friend and collaborator, Duke Ellington. Through scrutiny of Strayhorn's private papers and more than five hundred interviews, Hajdu revives Strayhorn as one of the most complex and tragic figures in jazz history.

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  • David Hajdu

  • David Hajdu, who works as an editor with Entertainment Weekly in New York City, has written about music for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Village Voice, among other publications.
  • David Hajdu Copyright Michelle Heimerman

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Lush Life

A Biography of Billy Strayhorn

David Hajdu

National Book Critics Circle Awards - Nominee
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