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– tekijä: Nadine Cohodas

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A complete account of the triumphs and difficulties of the brilliant and high-tempered Nina Simone, whose distinctive voice and music occupy a singular place in the canon of American song. One of eight children in a proud North Carolina black family, the prodigiously talented child was trained in classical piano through the charity of a local white woman, then devastatingly rejected by the Curtis Institute of Music--a dream deferred that would forever shape her self-image as well as her music. Central factors of her life and career include her unique and provocative relationship with her audiences, her involvement in the civil rights movement, her two marriages, and 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.--From publisher description.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Princess Noire: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone
Kirjailijat:Nadine Cohodas
Info:Pantheon (2010), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 464 pages
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The sections on her childhood and early career were lively and illuminating and deepened my appreciation of Simone's talent. I learned a lot from later sections, too, but I stopped enjoying the book well before I was halfway done; it's probably related to the types of sources avaialble on Simone's later years, but it felt like the book devolved into a catalog of bad behavior and upsetting events, with little insight to offer. ( )
  savoirfaire | Apr 6, 2013 |
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 category. She was demanding of herself, her sidemen and audiences who failed to give her sufficient attention and praise, and unforgiving of anyone who took advantage of her work, or did not love her unconditionally. She was plagued throughout her adult life by mental illness, her race and gender in a country that viewed African American women with hostility and disrespect, and vulnerability due to failures early in life that superseded her successful career.

Nina Simone was born Eunice Waymon in Tryon, North Carolina, a small town that was segregated yet more tolerant than most others in the Jim Crow South. Recognized as a musical genius at an early age, she was influenced and nurtured by her family, the black church and local communities, and a white British piano teacher, who gave her classical music training on the piano with the support of two white women who respected the Waymon family and Eunice's musical gift. After high school she spent the better part of a year at Juillard, in order to hone her skills as a classical pianist and to prepare her for admittance to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, she was not accepted to the prestigious conservatory, a decision that may have been based on her unfavorable race. This failure, and the loss of her first and truest love, haunted her throughout the rest of her life.

Simone gave classic music lessons in Philadelphia, added popular music to her repertoire, and gained local attention when she spent a summer performing at a club in Atlantic City as a pianist, where she first began to sing. She began to perform in Philadelphia, playing popular tunes and songs she wrote, and then moved to New York to gain wider attention. Her career peaked in the mid 1960s, with standing room only performances at Carnegie Hall, and other venues throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa. She made several critically acclaimed albums on the Philips label, which garnered only modest commercial success. Inspired by close friendships with Lorraine Hansberry, Miriam Makeba, James Baldwin and Langston Hughes, she became an active participant in the civil rights movement, performing at numerous concerts to benefit local and national organizations including Stokely Carmichael's Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Mississippi Freedom Summer volunteers.

After she divorced her second husband, who served as her business manager, confidant and stabilizing force, Simone's career began a slow decline, as mental illness, the stress of performing and traveling, and financial difficulties took their toll. She became progressively more hostile towards her audiences, berating them for not being engaged with her increasingly erratic and tardy performances, and shouting at those who interrupted her attention. She became estranged from her family, including her parents and her only child, and sought escape in Switzerland and France toward the end of her career and life. Mood stabilizing medications and the support of those closest to her permitted Simone to make a brief comeback, but she died in 2003 at the age of 70, after suffering two major strokes.

Nadine Cohodas provides the reader with an extensively researched biography of Nina Simone, which shines in its analysis of her early life and influences, the slow rise and more rapid decline of her career, details about her involvement in the civil rights movement, and descriptions of her performances through quotes from her husband, sidemen, audience members, and promoters. The book's major weaknesses are its seemingly interminable descriptions of Simone's erratic behaviors at concerts and in various settings, and its lack of personal analysis of Eunice Waymon, the complex and troubled woman within the performer. As a result, I was unable to connect with, understand and appreciate Nina Simone as much as I would have liked, which left me with a sense of dissatisfaction at the end of the book, which ended abruptly with her death, as if the author wanted to be done with Simone and the book.

I would recommend Princess Noire to fellow fans of Nina Simone, but not to casual readers or those who are unfamiliar with her work. ( )
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Ms. Cohodas has clearly done her research, but “Princess Noire” remains a strangely distanced and brittle biography.
 
In 1965, singer and pianist Nina Simone was approached after a show by a young Englishman who introduced himself as Eric Burdon, the lead singer of the British rock-blues band the Animals. The group had recently recorded "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," which had been written for Simone and introduced by her the previous year; where her record hadn't charted, the Animals' single had become a major hit.

That white rock stars had been directly inspired by black blues and jazz innovators was long taken for granted. Yet few were as vehement about that "inspiration" as the famously combative Simone, who barked back at him in these choice terms: "So you're the honky mother- who stole my song and got a hit out of it?"

That story is one of many that animate "Princess Noire," the well-researched new biography of Simone (1933-2003) by Nadine Cohodas, best known for her 2004 "Queen: The Life and Music of Dinah Washington." There already are three books on Simone, including the singer's own somewhat skewed memoir, the 1992 "I Put a Spell on You." Cohodas seems to be the first to have access to Simone's family (which makes her account of Simone's early years especially vivid) and her musicians (ditto for her many years on the road). There's an incident like the Burdon encounter on nearly every page. Simone is continually shooting her mouth off or pressing someone's buttons, until we get the distinct impression that the author is sparing us all but the most enlightening episodes.
 
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It was more a path emerging than a promise fulfilled that put Nina Simone on a makeshift stage in Montgomery, Alabama, on a sodden March night in 1965.
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A complete account of the triumphs and difficulties of the brilliant and high-tempered Nina Simone, whose distinctive voice and music occupy a singular place in the canon of American song. One of eight children in a proud North Carolina black family, the prodigiously talented child was trained in classical piano through the charity of a local white woman, then devastatingly rejected by the Curtis Institute of Music--a dream deferred that would forever shape her self-image as well as her music. Central factors of her life and career include her unique and provocative relationship with her audiences, her involvement in the civil rights movement, her two marriages, and 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.--From publisher description.

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