Princess Noire: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone


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University of North Carolina Press
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6.25 X 9.24 X 1.2 inches | 1.52 pounds

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About the Author

Nadine Cohodas is the author of, among other books, Queen: The Life and Music of Dinah Washington.


Cohodas [is]. . . sympathetic to her subject without being hagiographic, possessed of a clear, clean prose style . . . and knowledgeable about the times in which singer-pianist Nina Simone lived.--Washington Times

Simone's life story is peculiar, beautiful, sometimes off-key and off-color but deeply, disturbingly dramatic. . . . Nadine Cohodas reinscribes into the historical record the musical contributions of a woman with prodigious gifts and sometimes unusual taste.--Los Angeles Times

Cohodas infuses every scene with electrifying detail and penetrating insights into Simone's struggles as an African American musician of phenomenal talent and exalted ambition. . . . The result is a wrenching story of how racism can undermine even the most ascendant life, and a dramatic portrait of an uncompromising, audacious, and beleaguered musical genius of conscience.--Booklist

A wonderful biography of the great Nina Simone. Incredibly well researched...--popcultureclassics

The most comprehensive and thoughtfully researched biography on Simone to date.--Women's Review of Books

A useful narrative.--Journal of NC Association of Historians

Simone's complex personality--arrogance and brilliance in equal measure--receives a long-overdue elaboration.--Publishers Weekly

If you believe a singer's job is to sound pretty, you will have no use for Nina Simone. . . . And, as this even-handed biography makes clear, she certainly would have had no use for you.--Washington Post Book World

A detailed and meticulously researched account. . . . Neither partisan nor judgmental, the author commendably preserves a detached yet sympathetic tone throughout.--Times Literary Supplement

Offers many rich insights into [Simone's] conflicted emotional world."--Choice