'From her raging, handwritten letters to late-night phone calls with David Bowie, this biography gets up close and personal with the tempestuous Nina Simone' Observer
Drawing on glimpses into previously unseen diaries, rare interviews and childhood journals, and with the aid of her daughter, What Happened, Miss Simone? tells the story of the classically trained pianist who became a soul legend, a committed civil rights activist and one of the most influential, provocative and least understood artists of our time.
This is the story of the real Miss Simone.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We adored veteran rock writer Alan Light’s cool telling of a blistering, fiery life. His biography of Nina Simone isn't sugarcoated, which the vocalist born Eunice Kathleen Waymon would have appreciated. Simone was a trailblazing artist and a once-in-a-generation voice stymied by staggering personal and professional obstacles. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder in her later years, the singer was an enthralling, mercurial personality and an outspoken critic of racism and injustice. Light’s account faithfully pieces together the complex, thrilling and disturbing pieces of her journey for a definitive take on a dazzling human being.