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‘Strange Fruit’ Takes Strange Twist

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/arts/article/strange_fruit_takes_strange_twist_20030124

In Joel Katz's intriguing new documentary about the anti-lynching ballad, "Strange Fruit," an African American poet says she always assumed the songwriter was black. Katz shared the same misconception before making his film, also titled "Strange Fruit," in the late 1990s. After all, the haunting 1938 tune was first performed by jazz diva Billie Holiday and soon became the anthem of the anti-lynching movement.

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