• Title: The Baroness: The Search for Nica the Rebellious Rothschild
  • Author: Hannah Rothschild
  • Released: 2014-04-01
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 0
  • ISBN: 1469220989
  • ISBN13: 978-1469220987
  • ASIN: 1469220989
From Shake the storied Rothschild family tree and you’re bound to let loose more than a few eccentrics, perhaps none more so than the enigmatic Pannonica Rothschild, who later, through marriage, became Baroness Nica de Koenigswarter. Sifting through the family history for information about her infamous yet elusive great-aunt Nica, the author remained undaunted as she was initially stonewalled by tight-lipped relatives. Digging more aggressively over the course of 25 years, she uncovered the intriguing story of a not-so-classic “poor little rich girl” who fell in love with a musical revolution and ditched her husband and five children for the sake of jazz. Inspired by Thelonious Monk’s seminal recording “’Round Midnight,” she fled her French château in 1951, setting up shop in New York, where she was a fixture on the jazz scene until her death, in 1988. Nicknamed “the Baroness of Jazz,” she befriended and acted as patroness to a score of musical giants, including Monk and Charlie Parker. Rothschild has firmly fleshed out a fascinating footnote to musical history. --Margaret Flanagan --This text refers to the edition.

Review 'Startling ... Hannah Rothschild tells this story with care, balancing narrative tension with a desire to lay out all the facts so readers can make up their own minds ... Wholly gripping' -- Rachel Cooke Observer 'The story that Hannah Rothschild tells in her bright, clear prose is a mixture of things - nearly a biography of Nica, nearly a biography of Thelonious Monk, nearly a sketch of the 1950s New York jazz scene. At one level it's a version of The Hare with Amber Eyes ... [Nica's] story, with all its tall tales and theatrical paraphernalia, is full of interest and warmth ... She was ballsy and kind. There's something to be drawn out here - something given a particular emotional torque by the author's own consciousness of her place in this family - about belonging and escape: about what you can achieve, what you're doomed to endure, and all that jazz' -- Sam Leith Spectator Riveting, touching and insightful Daily Telegraph A well-researched biography. It is one third a history of the Rothschild family, one third a portrait of Nica, and one third a biography of Monk. Nica comes across as a remarkable woman, strong, feisty and rebellious Sunday Times Richly textured, elegantly told and often as surprising as its subject, Hannah Rothschild's biography of her great-aunt is a moving tribute to a fascinating and original woman Country Life --This text refers to the edition.

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