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Nina Simone (Women in the Arts Series)

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Nina Simone: classically trained pianist, skilled improviser, heartbreaking chanteuse, tempestuous diva, champion of civil rights, bitter expatriate, and ever-controversial figure. Like the woman herself, her music defies categorization; fusing elements of classical, pop, jazz, gospel, folk, rhythm and blues, and soul, her sound is unique. Her live performances were as legendary for their passion and urgency as she was for her temper. Simone was profoundly sensitive to the African-American experience. She was ...
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Overview

Nina Simone: classically trained pianist, skilled improviser, heartbreaking chanteuse, tempestuous diva, champion of civil rights, bitter expatriate, and ever-controversial figure. Like the woman herself, her music defies categorization; fusing elements of classical, pop, jazz, gospel, folk, rhythm and blues, and soul, her sound is unique. Her live performances were as legendary for their passion and urgency as she was for her temper. Simone was profoundly sensitive to the African-American experience. She was among the first popular performers ever to talk about race in song, and she lent her weight to the Civil Rights Movement from the outset. In the late 1960s and 1970s, her politics even threatened to overshadow her art -- but even then, her ability to transform a simple song into a religious experience captivated the masses. Throughout her fifty-year career, the incomparable High Priestess of Soul remained both astonishingly gifted and absolutely uncompromising.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791074565
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: Women in the Arts Series
  • Pages: 138
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 8
1. Nina at Carnegie Hall 12
2. The Prodigy 1933-1944 20
3. The Concert Pianist 1944-1954 32
4. The Chanteuse 1954-1959 44
5. The Star 1958-1962 54
6. The Activist 1963-1966 72
7. The High Priestess of Soul 1967-1969 88
8. The Expatriate 1970-1978 98
9. The Diva 1978-2003 108
Chronology 118
Works by Nina Simone 122
Bibliography 124
Further Reading 126
Index 128
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