By John Gribbin

ISBN-10: 0141902949

ISBN-13: 9780141902944

From the bestselling writer of technological know-how: A background comes the enchanting tale of a revolution that shook the area. Seventeenth-century England was once racked via civil warfare, plague and hearth; a global governed by means of superstition and lack of understanding. a sequence of conferences of 'natural philosophers' in Oxford and London observed the start of a brand new approach to pondering according to facts and test. John Gribbin's gripping, vibrant account of this exceptional time of discovery explores the impression of the Royal Society, culminating with Isaac Newton's progressive description of the universe and Edmund Halley's prediction of the go back of a comet in 1759. This compelling publication exhibits the triumph no longer because the paintings of 1 remoted genius, yet of a Fellowship.

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Her mother, Sadie, combined domestic service with a little prostitution on the side, leaving the child alone for long periods. At the age of eleven she was sexually abused by a neighbour. The rapist was caught and sentenced and Billie was sent to a Roman Catholic children’s home, the only stable home life she ever experienced. Her first job was as a domestic servant in a brothel, where she first heard the music of Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith and other jazz pioneers on the Victrola. At fourteen, Billie moved with her mother to New York, where mother and daughter began working as five-dollar whores along Lenox Avenue.

On that first night, Billie sang and Lester played. ‘From then on Lester knew how I used to love to have him come around and blow pretty solos behind me. ’28 Together, they smoked prodigious quantities of cannabis and drank a fearsome concoction of their own devising, which they called ‘top and bottom’ – one half gin and one half port. He called her ‘Lady Day’ and she called him ‘Prez’. ‘The greatest man around then was Franklin D. Roosevelt and he was the President. So I started calling him “President”.

7 Fortunately, because of his apprenticeship in travelling outfits like 40 being prez the Gonzelle White Show, ‘playing something’ on piano for show-dancers came as second nature to Bill Basie. And so they managed to struggle through, but it was a gruesome few weeks. Given all the advance publicity, it was inevitable that the press would take an interest in the band’s Chicago debut, and most of the critics seem to have taken the same view as the Grand Terrace management. ’ George T. Simon, reviewing a live broadcast from the Grand Terrace for Metronome magazine, was particularly trenchant: ‘If you think the sax section sounds out of tune, catch the brass!

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