The story of a profound, essential, and, until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: the indigenous influence.
"Strange Fruit," a song first recorded by Billie Holliday in 1939, has become an enduring anthem of American civil rights.
Radio stations banned it, but when Billie Holiday sang "Strange Fruit" the whole world listened anyway. Sprung from the pen of a Bronx schoolteacher, the hit continues to mesmerize musicians and civil rights advocates alike with its chilling vision of a lynching. Strange Fruit shows how a little-known Jewish songwriter and an African American icon created a song that changed America.