by James Gavin
A definitive biography on Lena Horne, legendary beauty and African American icon who broke barriers of race and gender in show business.
The New York Times - John Simon
There is good reason for James Gavin's Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne to take up—when you count the notes, bibliography, discography, filmography and index—nearly 600 pages. This Lena (or these Lenas), born in 1917 and still hanging in, has had a life so rich in ups and downs as to make page after page eventful and suspenseful. This all the more so since the book is also two books in one: a thorough and fluent biography and a history of the slow social rise of black people despite crippling discrimination and stinging humiliations—a history in which Horne's story is embedded, notwithstanding some personal jumps ahead.
James Gavin has written about some of the most significant black musical figures of our time, including Nina Simone, Harry Belafonte, and Miriam Makeba. His 300+ CD liner note essays include Grammy-nominated article for the box set Ella Fitzgerald - The Legendary Decca Recordings. He is the author of Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker and Intimate Nights: The Golden Age of New York Cabaret.
Hardcover: 608 pages