Get it you won't be sorry! See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Nina Simone is, in my mind, one of the most significant and influential singer-songwriters of all time. Her back catalogue of recordings is an absolute treasure. Whilst this autobiography makes an utterly fascinating - albeit brief - read, the actual book itself is a travesty.
Two different fonts and appalling quality photos that are so faint they look as if they are photocopies of photocopies of photocopies. Buy this book to read about this incredible woman, but don't expect it to be a book you would like to return to again and again from an aesthetic perspective.
One person found this helpful. This book isn't all that long, but it is very interesting. It really does seem to have been mostly written by Nina with minimal help from the co-author Stephen Cleary, and there's quite a bit about her childhood, both the good and bad aspects, and also a fair bit about her love-life.
I have to admit this surprised me, as I knew she was brought up in a very religious family, and there's even a bit about her mental health problems.
I can recommend this book to all of her many fans. Report abuse. Stepdad loved it.. I brought this book for my sister as a birthday present and she loves Nina, the book has some really nice pictures of her life from young to the current age.
Although the book is not mine to read I would recommend for anyone who loves the legend Happy reading Amanda from Barking Essex. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Pages with related products. See and discover other items: da capo , books on music , country music singers , music business , autobiography book. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Make Money with Us.
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It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Reviews with images. See all customer images. Top reviews Most recent Top reviews. Top reviews from the United States. Before, I was just a normal blues singer. I was just Jay Hawkins. It all sort of just fell in place. I found out I could do more destroying a song and screaming it to death. The following year, Hawkins re-recorded the song for Columbia's Okeh Records — the notorious screaming version, which was released in October However, this version was banned from most radio programming for its outrageous 'cannibalistic' style.
A truncated version was later released omitting the grunts and moans from the ending of the song, but the ban generally remained. Up to this time, Hawkins had been a blues performer; emotional, but not wild. Freed suggested a gimmick to capitalize on the "demented" sound of "I Put a Spell on You": Hawkins wore a long cape, and appeared onstage by rising out of a coffin in the midst of smoke and fog.
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