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What Happened, Miss Simone?

What Happened, Miss Simone?

A Biography

Book - 2016
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"Inspired by the critically acclaimed Netflix documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?, an intimate and vivid look at the legendary life of Nina Simone, the classically trained pianist who evolved into a chart-topping chanteuse and committed civil rights activist. From music journalist and former Spin and Vibe editor-in-chief Alan Light comes a biography of incandescent soul singer and Black Power icon Nina Simone, one of the most influential, provocative, and least understood artists of our time. Drawn from a trove of rare archival footage, audio recordings and interviews (including Simone's remarkable private diaries), this nuanced examination of Nina Simone's life highlights her musical inventiveness and unwavering quest for equality, while laying bare the personal demons that plagued her from the time of her Jim Crow childhood in North Carolina to her self-imposed exile in Liberia and Paris later in life. Harnessing the singular voice of Miss Simone herself and incorporating candid reflections from those who knew her best, including her only daughter, Light brings us face to face with a legend, examining the very public persona and very private struggles of one of our greatest artists"--
Publisher: New York :, Crown Archetype,, 2016.
ISBN: 9781101904879
Branch Call Number: 782.42164 S598L
Characteristics: 309 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Dec 28, 2016

I still don't feel I know very much about her. I think her music tells more than this book.

multcolib_susannel Apr 25, 2016

Companion book to the Netflicks biopic about Nina Simone, one of the most original singer/performer/civil rights activist of our time.


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SFPL_StaffPicks Apr 04, 2016

Picket lines, school boy cots
They try to say it's a communist plot
All I want is equality
For my sister, my brother, my people and me

Yes, you lied to me all these years
You told me to wash and clean my ears
And talk real fine just like a lady
And you'd stop calling me Sister Sadie
--lyrics from Mississippi Goddam


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