Princess Noire: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 02.02.2010 - 480 Seiten
From the author of the acclaimed Dinah Washington biography Queen comes this complete account of the triumphs and difficulties of the brilliant and high-tempered Nina Simone. Her distinctive voice and music occupy a singular place in the canon of American song.
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 in a proud black family. We see her as a prodigiously talented child who is trained in classical piano through the charitable auspices of a local white woman. We witness her devastating disappointment when she is rejected by the Curtis Institute of Music—a dream deferred that would forever shape her self-image as well as her music. Yet by 1959—now calling herself Nina Simone—she had sung New York City’s venerable Town Hall and was on her way.
As we watch Simone’s exciting rise to stardom, Cohodas expertly weaves in the central factors of her life and career: her unique and provocative relationship with her audiences (she would “shush” them angrily; as a classically trained musician, she didn’t believe in cabaret chat); her involvement in and contributions to the civil rights movement; her two marriages, including one of brief family contentment with police detective Andy Stroud, with whom she had her daughter, Lisa; the alienation from the United States that drove her to live abroad. Alongside these threads runs a darker one: 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.
Princess Noire is a fascinating story, well told and thoroughly documented with intimate photos—a treatment that captures the passions of Nina’s life.

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Nina Simone, the "High Priestess of Soul", is undoubtedly one of the greatest 20th century musicians in American history, and an immensely talented artist who was impossible to place in a single ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

PRINCESS NOIRE: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone

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By-the-numbers biography of irascible jazz singer Nina Simone (1933-2003).Cohodas (Queen: The Life and Music of Dinah Washington, 2004, etc.) culls his research mostly from Simone's autobiography ... Vollständige Rezension lesen


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Miss Iazz September 1941August 1947
We Have Launched Where Shall We Anchor?
Prelude to a Fugue June 1950Nlay 1934
The Arrival of Nina Simone June 1954June 1936
Little Girl Blue July 1936Dcccmbcr 1958
A Fast Rising Star 1959
Dont Let Me Be Misunderstood 1964
Images 1966
My Only Groove Is Moods 1967
To Be Young Gifted and Black 1969
Definite Vibrations of Pride 1971
This Aint No Geraldine Up Here 1972
Loving Me Is Not Enough 19791981
Fodder on Her W ings 19821988

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You Cant Let Them Humiliate You
Respect December 141961December 1962
Mississippi Goddam 1963
Ninas Back Again 19891992
The Final Curtain 20002003
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Nadine Cohodas is the author of several books, most recently Queen: The Life and Music of Dinah Washington, which received an award for Excellence in Research in Recorded Jazz Music from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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