What Happened, Miss Simone?: A Biography


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5.4 X 1.2 X 8.4 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

A veteran music journalist, ALAN LIGHT is the author of The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of Hallelujah and Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain. Light was previously the editor-in-chief of Vibe and Spin and a senior writer for Rolling Stone. He is also a frequent contributor to the New York Times.


Praise for What Happened, Miss Simone? and Nina Simone

"Alan Light has written an electrifying, humane, and dimensional biography of one of my favorite artists in the entire world. I learned so much about a woman I admire, the woman whose fiery piano and voice is a powerful reminder of what artists are meant to do! What Happened, Miss Simone? captures how unique and real she was on every page."
-Alicia Keys

"A spellbinding portrait of a musical genius, a woman both ahead of her time and of it. In What Happened Miss Simone?, Alan Light resurrects the High Priestess of Soul with profound sympathy and masterful storytelling."
-Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, author of Mo' Meta Blues and Something to Food About

"Nina Simone was an overwhelming artist, piano player, and singer--the kind of artist that I loved and admired."
-Bob Dylan

"Nina Simone's music helped us to navigate the contradictions that propelled the black struggle forward... Her phenomenal voice beckoned us toward the battle to come."
-Angela Davis

"What Happened, Miss Simone? is the engaging biography of the troubled soul heroine... As Light shows, her intensity fueled music that reflected and transformed the volatile America of her times."
-Rolling Stone

"[Nina Simone's] willingness to speak her mind shines out of every page of Alan Light's biography."
-The Times (UK)

"A probing account of Simone's inner struggles...Far from detracting from her civil rights heroism, it makes that achievement all the more astonishing."
-The New York Review of Books

"Simone was a genius. Her triumphs and troubles share the stage in Light's pitch-perfect biography, What Happened, Miss Simone?."

"Cleareyed and well-balanced, respectful rather than worshipful."
-Columbus Dispatch