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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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. Nina's Back … Again ~ 1989–1992 ~

. Nina's Back … Again ~ 1989–1992 ~

(p.336) 26. Nina's Back … Again ~ 1989–1992 ~
Princess Noire

Nadine Cohodas

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes a call to Chris White, Nina's former bass player, in the spring of 1989. Al called to ask him to join Nina in Europe. Chris was surprised. Based on the last time he saw Nina, he didn't think she was up to performing. They had been at a party in Newark at the home of Amiri Baraka, the poet and writer formerly known as LeRoi Jones. “I said to her twice, ‘Hello, Nina. How are you? This is Chris.’ And she looked at me and said, ‘Hello, dahling. How are you?’ She didn't know who the fuck I was. I could have been the man in the fucking moon. She was totally out of it.” Later, Chris learned from two young friends, Darryl and Douglas Jeffries, who had been recruited to look after Nina for a day, that she had been impossible. Promoters just getting started, they hoped that time spent with Nina might help their new business.

Keywords:   Chris White, bass player, Europe, Amiri Baraka, LeRoi Jones

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