“All of Me,” is arguably the most famous composition by Gerard Marks and Seymour Simon. The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Vol. A new version of Last.fm is available, to keep everything running smoothly, please reload the site. It states, “woman sees herself and makes her choices not in accordance with her true nature…but as man defines her…Man dooms woman to artifice…One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman” (Frueh 190). Though officially she was fired from the band for being temperamental and unreliable, shadowy influences higher up in the publishing world reportedly commanded the action after she refused to begin singing '20s female blues standards. Song information for Mean to Me - Billie Holiday on AllMusic. Nicknamed Lady Day by her loyal friend and musical partner Lester Young , Holiday was a highly original influence on jazz and pop singing. In Megan Seely’s “The ‘F’ Word,” she states, “Feminism is not about hating men, it is about being up against a system that values men over women, a system that promotes men over women, and a system that allows, and some would argue encourages, the violation of women” (Seely 3). Two years later, she began recording for jazz entrepreneur Norman Granz, owner of the excellent labels Clef, Norgran, and by 1956, Verve. Montreal: McGill-Queen's UP, 2006. . During the last half of 1935, Holiday finally entered the studio again and recorded a total of four sessions. Billie Holiday's chaotic life reportedly began in Baltimore on April 7, 1915 (a few reports say 1912) when she was born Eleanora Fagan Gough. Frueh, Joanna. The two main themes displayed in this song are the objectification of women, and patriarchy. The marriage didn't last, but hot on its heels came a second marriage to trumpeter Joe Guy and a move to heroin. Gabler, who also worked A&R for Decca, signed her to the label in 1944 to record "Lover Man," a song written especially for her and her third big hit. Already heavily into alcohol and marijuana, she began smoking opium early in the decade with her first husband, Johnnie Monroe. Once released, "Strange Fruit" was banned by many radio outlets, though the growing jukebox industry (and the inclusion of the excellent "Fine and Mellow" on the flip) made it a rather large, though controversial, hit. ""Art Politics and Feminism in the 1960's"". Log in to add lyrics, add aliases, add genres, follow this artist & more. She took the issue of a man breaking up with her to the extreme, and implied that there is nothing more horrible than not having him in her life. Furthermore Holiday's version was not recorded in December 1931, this was the date of the original recording by Ruth Etting. song lyrics, song meanings, albums, music and more. In another reading we read in class, called "Art Politics and Feminism in the 1960's," by Jayne Wark, an art critic named Lucy Lippard, suggests, “When women use their own bodies in their artwork, they are using their. This song relates to the discussion we had in class about the Heineken beer commercial, which depicts a woman’s body as a keg of beer. -- with Louis Armstrong in 1947's New Orleans, she lost a good deal of money running her own orchestra with Joe Guy. More than a half-century after her death, it's difficult to believe that prior to her emergence, jazz and pop singers were tied to the Tin Pan Alley tradition and rarely personalized their songs; only blues singers like Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey actually gave the impression they had lived through what they were singing. Though John Hammond refused to record it (not for its politics but for its overly pungent imagery), he allowed Holiday a bit of leverage to record for Commodore, the label owned by jazz record-store owner Milt Gabler. Let us know what you think of the Last.fm website. Similar to what Billie Holiday states in her song, the commercial personifies the woman’s body as an object. The two main themes displayed in this song are the objectification of women, and patriarchy. Go directly to shout page.