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Nina Simone - Princess Noire


449 Pgs.
Pantheon Books, Publisher

Tapping into newly unearthed material--including stories of family and career--Nadine Cohodas gives us a luminous portrait of the singer who was born Eunice Waymon in Tryon, North Carolina, in 1933, one of eight children. As a prodigiously talented child who was trained in classical piano, Nina Simone emerged in 1959, singing in New York City's Town Hall, and began her rise to stardom. Cohodas expertly weaves together the central factors of her life and career: her unique and provocative relationship with her audiences; her involvement in and contributions to the civil rights movement; her two marriages and daughter Lisa; the alienation from the United States that drove her to live abroad, as well as Nina's increasing and sometimes baffling outbursts of rage and pain and her lifelong struggle to overcome a deep sense of personal injustice, which persisted even as she won international renown.

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