In the Washington Post this weekend, Louis Bayard reviews The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone by Nadine Cohodas. Simone, the High Priestess of Soul, was an influential singer and songwriter know particularly for her work in jazz. She was also active in the 1960s civil rights movement.
Break out those Nina Simone recordings from your collection and check out the book!
Also check out Tom Russell's CD, Blood and Candle Smoke, which has among its many good tunes a number titled "Nina Simone."