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What Happened, Miss Simone?


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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.


Her willingness to speak her mind shines out of every page * * The Times * *
Arrestive telling of the high priestess of soul's life story...What makes this portrait so compelling are the extras; think of the book as a director's cut * * MOJO * *
She is loved or feared, adored or disliked, but few who have met her music or glimpsed her soul react with moderation -- Maya Angelou
Explores the huge impact [Nina Simone] made for civil rights through her music, as well as her activism * * Observer * *
Traces a path through the sad and bewildering tangle that was Simone's life * * Telegraph * *
Nina Simone was an overwhelming artist, piano player, and singer - the kind of artist that I loved and admired -- Bob Dylan
Electrifying . . . Captures how unique and real she was on every page -- Alicia Keys
Absorbing * * Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday * *
A gripping (if often grim) portrait of a woman and her legend * * Louis Wise, Sunday Times * *
Decent, respectful, conscientiously crafted and even-handed * * Uncut * *

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