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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He said he was planning to form his own jazz group . I think he knew a guy that
hung ' round there , played different jobs , good friend of his — Jay McShann , a
jazz pianist , made recordings . Black guy . Billy liked him , kinda talked about him
26 As one music historian : Savage , Singing Cowboys and All That Jazz , p . 8 .
During Dorothy Tipton ' s childhood : I am indebted to Lawrence Jackson and his
unpublished doctoral dissertation , “ Ralph Ellison ' s Early Years , 1913 – 1941 ...
Jazz Among the Discourses . Durham , N . C . : Duke University Press , 1995 .
Garber , Marjorie . Vested Interests : Cross - Dressing and Cultural Anxiety . New
York : Routledge , 1991 . Gioia , Ted . The Imperfect Art : Reflections on Jazz and
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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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