Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton
"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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Whenever they went on the road , they would carry pots and pans and a hot plate
in the trunk so Betty could turn out a meal any night they didn ' t sleep in the car .
A kitchen table became the center of the home Betty made for Billy in motels all ...
The trio was broke and road - weary by now , and increasingly aware of the
hazards of the trade . Road accidents were a way of life , and also frequently a
way of death , for traveling musicians , and Ron had smashed up his car and
trailer the ...
... a model middle - class life . Ironically , he kept it going by taking drugs for the
first time in his career , “ dexies ” and “ bennies , " amphetamines that musicians
used to keep themselves awake on the road or on the bandstand to counter ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - 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 ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - 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 ... Read full review
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