“Nina Simone; Princess Noire” by Nadine Cohodas

I’ve worked with a lot of celebrities, but the only time I was I seriously star-struck was when I met the incomparable Dr. Nina Simone.  Yes, she demanded that everyone address her as “Dr. Simone.”  But we were all happy to comply. She performed at a benefit at Carnegie Hall, shortly before her death. Despite her ailing health, she retained her wry humor and unmistakable singing voice. While Sting, Elton John and others noshed on organic gourmet food backstage, Dr. Simone was content with a street vendor’s hotdog and soda.

Certainly, Dr. Simone’s  life story could be written in the trash-tabloid style so popular these days, it is a story rich with fodder the likes of which would make the fauxhemians at Gawker blush.  Author Nadine Cohodas employs a more academic approach to discussing the life of this oft-troubled artist. She keeps it factual without diminishing the storytelling.

It’s a great read, and if you’re a fan, you’ll love the book. If you don’t know who she is, then you need to get caught up. Seriously.

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Written by Paul Boschi
Paul Boschi

May 24th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

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