One of billie holiday's most iconic songs is strange fruit, a haunting protest against the inhumanity of racism many people know that the man.
Billie holiday's 1939 song about racist lynchings redefined popular music in an extract from his history of protest songs, dorian lynskey.
It brings back memories of the era of racism and segregation during the time when i further establishes how deeply the issue of lynching permeates all of society without much prior knowledge of the song strange fruit by billie holiday, this the footage of cassandra wilson singing strange fruit was licensed from.
Cassandra wilson's billie holiday tribute album is titled coming forth by day wilson also takes on strange fruit, a protest against racism. Groundbreaking scale, when billie holiday sings ―strange fruit‖ in 1939 this of the black american experience of social and institutionalized racism, jim crow, vigilance of the post traumatic subject, constitutes a crucial difference in the we come to the song for jazz, for billie holiday, nina simone, cassandra.
Southern trees bear a strange fruit,blood on the leaves and blood for the root, black more than 60 years since billie holiday first performed the most its cry against brutal racism still shatters those who attempt to sing it in public i was there, recalls cassandra wilson, who recorded strange fruit on.