Book by Haskins, James
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This is a thin biography of the late British-born cabaret chanteuse-diseuse who made a reputation in France and spent the major part of her career in New York, admired by the likes of Billy Holiday and Frank Sinatra. Haskins (Bricktop, The Cotton Club) has particular trouble with Mercer's pre-Paris years, perhaps because she was always reticent about her childhood. The illegitimate daughter of a black American musician father and a white British music-hall performer mother, she was raised by her grandmother until sent to a convent school. She performed on the stage in England with no great success and then went to Paris, where she was helped to stardom by the legendary Bricktop. At the outbreak of World War II, Mercer came to the U.S. where her fame grew slowly but steadily. She died in 1984. Photos not seen by PW.
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Mabel Mercer was the daughter of a Welsh songstress and a black American musician. She sang in the 1920s at the famous club in Paris owned by Bricktop, moved to New York in 1938, and spent the war years performing in small clubs on 52nd Street. Though the rock phenomenon reduced her to collecting unemployment insurance, she rebounded in two concerts with Bobby Short in the late 1960s. Her popularity continued through her semi-retirement until her death in 1984. Haskins, who has written a number of other biographies of singers, draws heavily on sources that include his own Bricktop ( LJ 8/83) and Whitney Balliett's articles on Mercer in The New Yorker to create an anecdotal and appreciative portrait. William Brockman, Drew Univ. Lib., Madison, N.J.
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Descrizione libro Atheneum, 1987. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Gift quality, Fine. Clean, unmarked pages. Good binding and cover. Hardcover and dust jacket. Ships daily. Codice libro della libreria 1003091107
Descrizione libro Atheneum, 1987. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0689115954
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