Nina Simone

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Ballet Black: Pioneers review – an uplifting tribute to Nina Simone
Mthuthuzeli November’s passionate new work celebrating the musician is paired with Will Tuckett’s fine piece inspired by the poet Adrienne Rich

Sarah Crompton

12, Mar, 2023 @9:00 AM

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In brief: Three Times a Countess; Queen High; Nina Simone’s Gum – review
An eye-opening biography of Raine Spencer; an exciting counterfactual novel set in postwar Britain; and Warren Ellis’s witty account of devotion

Alexander Larman

02, Oct, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Celeste Mountjoy: the 10 funniest things I have ever seen (on the internet)
From Jeff Goldblum as the Big Bad Wolf to an incident involving Fabio and a goose, the illustrator @filthyratbag shares the things that make her laugh most

Celeste Mountjoy

10, Aug, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Margo Jefferson on Will Smith, TikTok and identity: ‘I don’t like the sense that we are so fragile’
Ahead of her new memoir, the critic talks about her current pop culture obsessions and why she identifies with Nina Simone

David Shariatmadari

22, Apr, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Bob Dylan essay collection celebrating art of songwriting to be published
Publisher Simon & Schuster says The Philosophy of Modern Song ‘resembles an epic poem’

Laura Snapes

09, Mar, 2022 @11:55 AM

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Best music books of 2021
Sinéad O’Connor’s extraordinary memoir, the untold story of 90s Dancehall and a portrait in song from Paul McCartney are among the releases hitting the high notes

Alexis Petridis

08, Dec, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Children’s books roundup – the best new picture books and novels
Schnauzers in trousers, a Diwali sparkler and Lenny Henry’s kids’ fiction debut, plus the best new YA

Imogen Russell Williams

22, Oct, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Warren Ellis on the performance that changed him: ‘The room transformed. I could see flames’
The Bad Seed and Dirty Three bandmember had a life-changing encounter with Nina Simone in 1999. At Guardian Australia’s monthly Zoom book club, he reflected on stealing her chewing gum – and its lingering significance

Michael Sun

01, Oct, 2021 @2:46 AM

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Guardian Australia’s Book Club: join Warren Ellis to discuss Nina Simone’s Gum
For this month’s Zoom book club, the acclaimed Australian musician will join us from his UK tour with Nick Cave to discuss his life, his career and his deeply original book with Andrew Stafford – and with you

Andrew Stafford

30, Sep, 2021 @5:21 AM

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Summer of Soul review – the best concert film ever made?
Questlove’s magnificent documentary features rediscovered footage of Stevie Wonder, Mahalia Jackson, Nina Simone et al in their prime

Mark Kermode Observer film critic

18, Jul, 2021 @7:00 AM

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‘The revolution could not be televised’: why were so many black concert films erased from history?
New documentary Summer of Soul recalls an iconic moment in 60s music – but it has taken far too long for us to see the footage

Steve Rose

12, Jul, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Zoe Saldana apologises for playing Nina Simone in controversial biopic
Actor previously defended her role in the film but now says ‘somebody else should tell her story’

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

06, Aug, 2020 @12:50 PM

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