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Princess Noire: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone

Nadine Cohodas

Abstract

Born Eunice Waymon in Tryon, North Carolina, Nina Simone began her musical life playing classical piano. A child prodigy, she wanted a career on the concert stage, but when the Curtis Institute of Music rejected her, the devastating disappointment compelled her to change direction. She turned to popular music and jazz but never abandoned her classical roots or her intense ambition. By the age of twenty-six, Simone had sung at New York City's venerable Town Hall and was on her way. Tapping into newly unearthed material on Simone's family and career, this book paints a portrait of the singer, hi ... More

Keywords: Eunice Waymon, Tryon, North Carolina, Nina Simone, classical piano, child prodigy, popular music, civil rights, alienation, mental illness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780807872437
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807882740_cohodas

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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nadine Cohodas, author

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