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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Bring out left hand , ” she prompted on the Rachmaninoff prelude she was
learning . Apparently she learned that lesson well , since Billy ' s deftness with the
left hand was a hallmark of his professional piano style . Bess imposed the
She seems to be wearing a wedding ring on her left hand . Plainly visible is Billy '
s right hand , clasping the hand of a guitarist from the former Banner Playboys ,
who is grinning . Morale was high among the Banner Cavaliers in late 1935 .
Just when it looks like circumstances will separate us , you touch my hand or I
touch yours and we cling together , tighter than ever . Right now , I know you are
having a fight within yourself . All I can do is stand by and watch and wait .
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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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