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What Happened, Miss Simone?
What Happened, Miss Simone?: A Biography | Alan Light
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Inspired by the Academy Award-nominated 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 Simones 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,Lightbrings us face to face with a legend, examining the very public persona and very private struggles of one of our greatest artists.From the Hardcover edition.
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WomanistBibliophile
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Nina Simone ‘was not at odds with the times. The times were at odds with her. When a person moves to their own kind of clock, spirit, flow, you‘re always in congress with yourself. The challenge is, how does the congress around you accept you? How do we fit in in the world that we‘re around, but be exactly who we are? Was Nina Simone allowed to be exactly who she was? No. Most people are afraid to be as honest as she lived.‘
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Weaponxgirl Have you seen the documentary? I thought it was pretty good 3mo
WomanistBibliophile @Weaponxgirl yes, I watched that first and preferred it to the book. I thought it didn‘t really examine how her husband‘s abuse of her clearly had a detrimental impact on her health tho 3mo
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Joanne1
Bailedbailed

I rarely bail on books and never on book club books but I've broken that rule. This could have been good but the writing WAS so SO dull. I put it down thinking I'd come back to it, then I realised I was going to miss book club and that was it - bailed. I will, however, watch the Netflix doco which I've heard good things about and has the benefit of also show casing her superb music.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Such a shame...given the story that should have been a great and interesting book! I hate when authors kill what should have been an easy win book with poor skill. 3y
Joanne1 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I know! So disappointing. 3y
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Victoria_Clyne
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Mehso-so

I don't know how to describe my feelings on this book. It didn't draw me in like I hoped it would. It didn't hold my attention. And it didn't increase my respect for Nina Simone. And I don't know if the reason for that is the writing style. Or the lack of insight. All the same I will still love listening to this incredibly talented musician.

AllenTStClair I haven't read the book, so I can't compare them, but the Netflix documentary by the same name was amazing! 3y
Victoria_Clyne @AllenStClair It was a book club pick and the person wko nominated it pick it because they'd seen the documentary. I'm hoping the enjoyed it more than I did. 3y
AllenTStClair @Victoria_Clyne I would imagine it works better in a visual medium if they're similar. 3y
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Victoria_Clyne @AllenStClair I imagine you also get the beautiful music. 3y
Victoria_Clyne I'll have to try and watch it before our next meeting. 3y
AllenTStClair @Victoria_Clyne You hit the nail on the head. No matter what feelings a person is left with after watching the documentary, there's no denying she was a musical genius. 3y
Victoria_Clyne I couldn't agree with you more @AllenStClair 3y
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Victoria_Clyne
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Having a read in bed this Easter Monday morning. You can't see my book because its on my phone.

Joanne1 Enjoy it!! Stretch it out. 3y
Victoria_Clyne @joanne1 I streched it out for quite a while but ip now. Need food. 3y
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Joanne1
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#bookandbreakfast. Avo, cheese and egg on an English muffin. Nice start to the day.

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Joanne1
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We've been having something of an Indian summer here in my little bit of Australia, with March being hotter than dec, Jan and feb. Today I took the girls to our lakeside park where they played and I lay on the picnic rug reading and watching (and listening to) the galahs swooping in and out of the trees. It really was very peaceful. (PS the photo is from Wikipedia, I didn't thing to take one myself)

Suet624 💕💕 3y
Libby1 This sounds idyllic. 3y
LauraBeth Sounds lovely! 😀 3y
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kspenmoll How nuturing❤ 3y
mdhughes72 Which part of Oz? 3y
Joanne1 @mdhughes72 I'm in Ballarat in western Victoria. 3y
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Joanne1
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This is my latest book club read. I don't know a lot about Nina Simone so I'm looking forward to diving into a whole other world.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Can't wait to see if it's good, she lead an interesting life from what I've heard. 3y
Lola I love her! Truly a remarkable woman. Enjoy! 3y
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charl08
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Pickpick

Fascinating look at a complex woman.

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charl08
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All my songs, the important ones, have razor cuts, I call them, at the end. I cut you, I make you think...

charl08 Shirt available from Philadelphia Printworks (no link to me) https://www.philadelphiaprintworks.com/products/four-women 3y
SuperPunkNinja I love Philadelphia Printworks! I bought a shirt from them with an Octaviay quote. ❤❤❤ 3y
charl08 @McShelfington sounds great :-) 3y
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charl08
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Africa is Not a Country....

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charl08
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excited to read this...

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WesleyHoffmann
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The first 100 pages of this fleeeeeew by, can't wait to keep at it