I PUT A SPELL ON YOU
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF NINA SIMONE
NINA SIMONE & STEPHEN CLEARY
pantheon books - 1992
Nina Simone is probably best known for her hit “My Baby Just Cares For Me”, a re-release which marked the triumphant return of a singer with a remarkable, but tragic career. Often compared to artists like Billy Holiday and Edith Piaf, Nina differs in one essential way – she is a true survivor. Born in North Carolina she suffered poverty and racial prejudice before making her name as a musician. She survived a stormy marriage, tragic love affair, arrest, imprisonment, mental breakdown and an attempted suicide before making the long climb back to the top. This is an account of the life of a singer who has now become a legend.