"Excuse my silly thesis, but the point is worth making. No punk rock artist has ever been as honest or as dangerous as Nina Simone."
I am awed by her bravery and seemingly limitless talent. The riveting, heart wrenching new documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? (now streaming on Netflix) from director Liz Garbus had me in tears after the first few performances [...]
“I want to go into that den of these elegant people with their old ideas… smugness… and just drive them insane.” - Nina Simone
She is fueled by deep anger and demands respect, at least in the performance venue. When someone is talking in the audience, or gets up to go the bathroom Simone stops the show. Nina Simone faded from the public eye because she made a choice to perform songs only for and about the civil rights movement. Ms. Simone wanted to do more but realized, “All I can do is expose the sickness.”
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