Nina Simone, a twentieth-century musical giant, has been astonishingly neglected – by listeners, critics and scholars. Richard Elliott explains why, but his wonderful book does far more: with enviable depth of analysis and breadth of cultural reference, he summons Simone’s music to a rendezvous with history that its significance, power and beauty always promised. An event, in every sense.
Richard Middleton, Emeritus Professor of Music, Newcastle University