• A Dream Deferred: Nina Simone and the Work of Mourning

    Author(s):
    Richard Elliott (see profile)
    Date:
    2013
    Group(s):
    American Musicological Society, Cultural Studies, Music and Sound
    Subject(s):
    Popular Music Studies, Civil rights, History, Voice, Popular culture
    Item Type:
    Presentation
    Meeting Title:
    Sussex Center for American Studies Research Seminar
    Meeting Org.:
    Sussex Center for American Studies
    Meeting Loc.:
    University of Sussex
    Meeting Date:
    19 November 2013
    Tag(s):
    Nina Simone, late voice, mourning, experience, age
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6QG40
    Abstract:
    This talk presents work from Richard Elliott's recent book about the late singer, songwriter, pianist and civil rights activist Nina Simone. It focuses on Simone's reaction to what she saw as the failure of the civil rights movement and how that reaction was played out in her work from the end of the 1960s onwards, blending into a personal but still critical nostalgia in her late work. The talk also makes reference to the recent commemoration of Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech and Nina Simone's response to King's murder. It also acts as a commemoration of Simone and her legacy, with 2013 marking 80 years since her birth and 10 since her death.
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    Last Updated:
    12 months ago
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