Songs that changed history: Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit (1939)
First written as a poem by Abel Meeropol, 'Strange Fruit' is a haunting lament to the horrors of racism. Comparing the victims of lynching to the fruit of a tree, it's a powerful piece of writing. And one that still shocks us today.
The poem was set to music and introduced to Holiday, becoming a staple of her set. She would...
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