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T his is the story of Billy Tipton, a female jazz musician who lived as a man from the time she was nineteen, until he died at age seventy-four. Billy Tipton's death in the provincial western city of Spokane, Washington, made news all over the world, not because Billy was a well-known performer but because the scale of the deception and the scarcity of explanations endowed the skimpy available facts with the aura of myth.

D iane Middlebrook's biography of Billy Tipton retraces his drama back to her origins. Drawing on interviews with over a hundred and fifty people who knew Billy or had useful knowledge of the world where Billy made a living, Middlebrook shows that Billy had two talents: one for playing music, the other for playing roles. Suits Me gives Billy Tipton a posthumous curtain call.

T o sample the biography, click on Excerpt. To read reviews, click on Reviews and Interviews. For an overview of Billy's life, click on Timeline. To hear Billy's voice and piano style, click on Audio.


Contact Diane Middlebrook: dwm@stanford.edu
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