Strange Fruit - David Margolick
"Trees from the South bear strange fruit Blood on the leaves and blood on the roots A black body swaying in the breeze from the South Strange fruit hanging in the poplars"
In 1939, when Billie Holiday first performed Strange Fruit, she was only 24 years old and already had a name in the jazz world. However, few racist and sexist clichés were spared. Not without causing scandal, Billie Holiday sang Strange Fruit, evoking the murder of Black people by lynching sixteen years before Rosa Parks refused to give way to a white man on a bus in Alabama. Protest song before the hour and symbolic figure of the black march towards emancipation, this song was written by a white New York Jew, Abel Meeropol, who took in the Rosenberg children after their parents were executed. According to Angela Davis, this song put protest and resistance back at the center of contemporary black musical culture. The British music magazine Q, ranked Strange Fruit among the ten songs that have truly changed the face of the world. David Margolick shows his importance, both musical and historical, by relying on numerous testimonies.
11,5 x 18,5 cm
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