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Princess NoireThe Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone$
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Nadine Cohodas

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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. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood ~ 1964 ~

. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood ~ 1964 ~

(p.148) 13. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood ~ 1964 ~
Princess Noire

Nadine Cohodas

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on Nina's appearance in Summit, New Jersey to headline a benefit for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). It further confirmed that Andy was right. Nina did have her music. “I played on stage for a reason, and when I walked off stage those reasons still existed,” she said, long outlasting the applause. In an odd juxtaposition beyond Nina's control, the Hootenanny show she taped in Clarksburg was broadcast on television just four days before the Summit concert. Perhaps to piggyback on the event, Andy had taken out a two-column, four-inch-high ad in Variety that featured a new, appealing headshot of Nina and proclaimed her “star of the Ford Caravan of Music for 1964.” He had even hired promotion man Paul Brown to help, and his name was featured along with Andy's as a contact. However, the ad ran in Variety's Vaudeville section, hardly prime space in the weekly.

Keywords:   Nina, Racial Equality, CORE, Hootenanny, Summit concert, Variety, Paul Brown, Vaudeville section

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