Nina Simone’s definition of an artist
Plus Revolution & Strange Fruit
Stick around for her thoughts on Strange Fruit.
This is the Granada Television broadcast of The Sound of Soul, a studio Nina Simone concert in London, from September 14, 1968.
Here is what’s on it:
- “Go to Hell” by Morris Bailey, Jr.
- “Ain’t Got No/I Got Life” by Galt MacDermot, James Rado and Gerome Ragni
- “Backlash Blues” by Nina Simone and Langston Hughes
- “I Put a Spell on You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
- “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” by Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell and Sol Marcus
- “Why? (The King of Love is Dead)” by Gene Taylor
In the words of Joe Strummer, May Nina Simone rule the world
Black Is The Color of My True Love’s Hair (Emile Latimer), from Black Gold
Well this is just the best song ever.
Photo by Jack Robinson, 30th October 1969
When that one runs out here’s Live in Olympia 1968
Now something for people trying to get some Sunday afternoon work done and need something soothing that’s not at ALL distracting.
Forty minutes of Nina Simone Live in Holland 25 December 1965
(What a christmas! stuff JC!)
UPDATE: The Ballad of Hollis Brown at 10.50 is completely off the chain.
You spent your last lone dollar on seven shotgun shells.
Nina Simone - The Black Swan (live)
Nina Simone performing at the Pan-African Festival in Algiers (1969).
Photo by Guy Le Querrec.
“Did you know that the human voice is the only pure instrument? That it has notes no other instrument has? It’s like being between the keys of a piano. The notes are there, you can sing them, but they can’t be found on any instrument. That’s like me. I live in between this. I live in both worlds, the black and white world. I am Nina Simone, the star, and I am not here. I’m a woman. My secret self is between these worlds.”