What Happened, Miss Simone?

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By Alan Light. The story of soul legend Nina Simone.

Inspired by the Oscar-nominated TV documentary, Alan Light's biography draws on Nina Simone's early diaries, rare interviews, childhood journals and input from her daughter Lisa Simone Kelly to paint a picture of the classically-trained pianist who became a soul legend, a leading civil rights activist and one of the most influential artists of our time.

Episode One

I was born a child prodigy darling. I was born a genius.'' Nina Simone

Music journalist Alan Light is the author of The Holy of the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of Hallelujah, and Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain, among others. He was editor-in-chief of the music magazines Vibe and Spin, and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times.

Writer: Alan Light

Abridger: Pete Nichols

Reader: Alibe Parsons

Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

I was born a child prodigy darling. I was born a genius.' Nina Simone

022017030720170308 (R4)Meeting Mrs Mazzy - the day that changed Nina Simone's life.

Inspired by the Oscar-nominated TV documentary, Alan Light's biography draws on Nina Simone's early diaries, rare interviews, childhood journals and input from her daughter Lisa Simone Kelly to paint a picture of the classically-trained pianist who became a soul legend, a leading civil rights activist and one of the most influential artists of our time.

Episode Two

Music journalist Alan Light is the author of The Holy of the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of Hallelujah, and Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain, among others. He was editor-in-chief of the music magazines Vibe and Spin, and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times.

Writer: Alan Light

Abridger: Pete Nichols

Reader: Alibe Parsons

Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

032017030820170309 (R4)When Eunice Waymon became Nina Simone.

Episode 3

Inspired by the Oscar-nominated TV documentary, Alan Light's biography draws on Nina Simone's early diaries, rare interviews, childhood journals and input from her daughter Lisa Simone Kelly to paint a picture of the classically-trained pianist who became a soul legend, a leading civil rights activist and one of the most influential artists of our time.

Music journalist Alan Light is the author of The Holy of the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of Hallelujah, and Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain, among others. He was editor-in-chief of the music magazines Vibe and Spin, and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times.

Writer: Alan Light

Abridger: Pete Nichols

Reader: Alibe Parsons

Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

042017030920170310 (R4)Inspired by the Oscar-nominated TV documentary, Alan Light's biography draws on Nina Simone's early diaries, rare interviews, childhood journals and input from her daughter Lisa Simone Kelly to paint a picture of the classically-trained pianist who became a soul legend, a leading civil rights activist and one of the most influential artists of our time.

Episode Four : Simone's audiences loved her, but she wasn't easy.

Music journalist Alan Light is the author of The Holy of the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of Hallelujah, and Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain, among others. He was editor-in-chief of the music magazines Vibe and Spin, and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times.

Writer: Alan Light

Abridger: Pete Nichols

Reader: Alibe Parsons

Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

By Alan Light. The story of soul legend Nina Simone.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

052017031020170311 (R4)By Alan Light. The story of soul legend Nina Simone.

Inspired by the Oscar-nominated TV documentary, Alan Light's biography draws on Nina Simone's early diaries, rare interviews, childhood journals and input from her daughter Lisa Simone Kelly to paint a picture of the classically-trained pianist who became a soul legend, a leading civil rights activist and one of the most influential artists of our time.

Episode Five: Mississippi Goddam

There were two things that people in the (civil rights) movement would fight over. One was if you took their books. The other was if you took their Nina Simone albums.'' - Andrew Young

Music journalist Alan Light is the author of The Holy of the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of Hallelujah, and Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain, among others. He was editor-in-chief of the music magazines Vibe and Spin, and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times.

Writer: Alan Light

Abridger: Pete Nichols

Reader: Alibe Parsons

Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

There were two things that people in the (civil rights) movement would fight over. One was if you took their books. The other was if you took their Nina Simone albums.' - Andrew Young