High Times, Hard Times Topics for Discussion

Anita O'Day
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Do you see the music "business" as unique or typical of most professions? Why or why not?

Compare the life of Anita O'Day with a more contemporary musical star. What are the similarities and differences?

What impact do you believe Anita O'Day's family life had on her life as an adult? Cite specific examples from the book.

What do you believe was the turning point in Anita O'Day's career? Support your response with factual information from the book.

Why, do you believe, is there such a preponderance of substance abuse among performing artists? Consider their responsibilities, their personalities, and their lifestyles as you respond.

How has the legal system changed in its enforcement and punishment of substance abusers since the time of O'Day's incarceration?

Music, like any art, reflects its time. How did jazz reflect society in America during the 1930s and 1940s? Consider...

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