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To Be Free – The Nina Simone Story 3

Posted by Andy Cahn On November - 10 - 2008

Part 3 of the Nina Simone podcast series takes an in-depth look at how Nina’s career was affected by the civil rights struggle of the 50s and 60s.   The injustices of racism inspired the songs she wrote and performed, but her public stances on these issues did not endear her to the establishment. Nina’s friend, poet Camille Yarbrough, will always remember three phone calls from the FBI (including one at 3am), asking what she knew about Nina’s “business.”  Her response is priceless.

This episode also includes pieces of some of Nina’s best-known original songs – “Backlash Blues,” “Mississippi God Damn,” and “Revolution” (credited as a Nina Simone composition, though clearly borrowing from The Beatles).   These and other songs can be heard with the Rhapsody Playlist link below.

Recommended: To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story

Producer: Joyride Media

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To Be Free – The Nina Simone Story 2

Posted by Andy Cahn On November - 7 - 2008

The Nina Simone podcast series continues with a great story from Nina Simone’s close friend, Vertamae Grosvenor, involving a “to go” plate of home cooking Nina wanted for a flight nearly 20 years ago.  This is an excellent example of content about a legendary artist that you can only hear in these Legacy Podcast episodes.  After listening to this piece, please browse around the site to hear similar pieces about Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and so many other great musicians.

This segment kicks off with a bit of Nina singing “See Line Woman.” Even if you are new to Nina’s music, you may know this song thanks to recent covers by Feist and Ollabelle, and the Masters at Work Remix on the Verve Remixed collection.  You can also click below to compare all these tracks in Rhapsody.

You’ll also hear comments by Patti Smith, as she remembers being inspired by a Nina Simone concert she saw at New York’s long-gone venue, The Village Gate.

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Recommended: To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story

Producer: Joyride Media

See Line Woman Rhapsody Playlist

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To Be Free – The Nina Simone Story 1

Posted by Andy Cahn On November - 5 - 2008

Welcome to the three-part podcast series, To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story.

Nina Simone was as powerful and complex a person as the music she played.  In this first episode, Nina’s daughter, known simply as Simone, and journalist David Nathan try their best to define what Nina meant by the concept of “black classical music.”  A great example of this mixture of muscical ideas is found in the performance of “Love Me or Leave Me” from the Ed Sullivan Show in 1960.

This piece also features some great comments by folk singer, Odetta, and Nina’s musical director Al Schackman.  It also includes music from the new deluxe box set, also titled To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story.

Recommended: To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story

Producer: Joyride Media

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