Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton
Houghton Mifflin, 1998 - 326 páginas
"Suits Me is the biography of a now notorious jazz musician named Billy Tipton, who grew up as Dorothy Tipton in Oklahoma City and Kansas City but lived as a man from the time she was nineteen until she died at age seventy-four. Billy Tipton's death in Spokane, Washington, made news all over the world, not because he was celebrated as a musician but because the scale of his deception - he had been "married" to five women and had reared several adopted children - and the scarcity of ready explanations endowed the skimpy available facts with the aura of myth." "But locked away in Billy's office closet lay files of clippings and photographs documenting the transformation of Billy from she to he, as well as a legacy of annotated comic routines, musical arrangements, and program notes. These revealed to Diane Wood Middlebrook how Billy scattered clues and riddles night after night about the drag she wore. These hints were so bold that they helped conceal Billy's secrets." "With brio and pathos, Suits Me tells the life story of this brilliant deceiver, who lived and loved in two skins, one of each sex."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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When asked whether she , like Billy , wanted to be in uniform on the bandstand , she explained , “ I wore a suit , very near what the men wore . Never wore men's clothing . I had uniforms made of the same material as theirs , only mine ...
Billy would come up to me once in a while to tell me what he wanted to do — I always asked the men what they wanted to do . I said , “ You know , you're a young guy , and you're interested in music , and you play very well .
He wanted to keep up the pace , he wanted bounce , ” she explained . “ He'd always tell me , ' We're not artists , we're entertainers . " A newspaper clipping of the quartet suggests the look George was after .
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LibraryThing ReviewReseña de usuario - bookwormteri - LibraryThing
While I found this book super interesting, I definitely felt the lack of Billy's perspective in this story. An incomplete read without knowing what he was thinking and feeling and his motivation ... Leer reseña completa
LibraryThing ReviewReseña de usuario - ursula - LibraryThing
This was a very interesting book about Billy Tipton, a musician in the jazz/swing era who was born a woman but passed as a man almost his entire adult life. It's both fascinating and frustrating ... Leer reseña completa
But Who Was She? 18891928
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