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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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Princess Noire

Nadine Cohodas

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on Andy and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)'s agreement that Nina would do six benefit concerts in the Northeast starting January 21, 1966, in Pittsburgh and concluding January 28 in New Rochelle, New York. Something close to military precision would be required to get Nina and the musicians from one place to another, but Andy knew they could do it. Despite the lack of formal training in management or the music business, he had caught on fast. Some of it was instinct; some was learned from his association with pros such as Felix Gerstman, who taught him about scheduling and promotion. Perhaps most important, he knew his star well. He understood what Nina needed at each performance to make her comfortable, from sound checks to microphones, to a Steinway piano tuned at 440 concert pitch.

Keywords:   Andy, CORE, Nina, benefit concerts, formal training, music business, Felix Gerstman

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