Wish You Were There? [Feeling Good - The Nina Simone Story]

Episodes

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Episode 1 - Cerys Matthews / Stax/Volt Revue20180925 (6M)
20090216 (6M)

"Nina Simone's daughter explores her mother's life and career.

Cerys Matthews explores the 1967 Stax/Volt Revue at the Finsbury Park Astoria in London.

Presenters journey back to explore a performance by the artist or band that inspired them

Nina Simone's daughter Simone explores an extraordinary life and career - sharing her personal thoughts and providing a glimpse of the real woman behind the distinctive voice.
This series features unreleased concert tracks and contributions from some of Nina's closest friends - including her high school friend Hannah Ferguson; her niece Joyce Stroud; her close friend Verta Mae Grosvenor; concert promoter Ron Delsener; her friend and Elektra Records A and R man Michael Alago, singer Patti Smith; and her drummer for 18 years - Paul Robinson.
In part one, we hear about Nina's musical beginnings as Eunice Waymon, a 5-year-old child protégé, learning classical piano with the help of people in her home town. She won a place at New York's famous Juilliard School but was turned down by the elite Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. This was an incredible blow to the young Eunice Waymon, who turned to teaching piano and playing in bars to make ends meet. At this point she took the stage name Nina Simone.
She moved to New York City and signed her first record deal [not reading the small print which would cost her dearly later in her career]. New York was the place to be and Nina became closely associated with the civil rights movement, connected with both the radical black playwright Lorraine Hansberry and Malcolm X. She wrote her first protest song, Mississippi Goddamn, in 1963 - an enraged reaction to the deaths of four children in the bombing of a Sunday school in Alabama.
She also met and married Andy Stroud, who became her manager [and Simone's father]. Throughout the 60s her output was prolific and she toured constantly in the US and Europe, always highlighting the civil rights message.

First broadcast on Radio 2.

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Episode 1 - Cerys Matthews / Stax/volt Revue20090216 (6M)
20180925 (6M)

"Nina Simone's daughter explores her mother's life and career.

Cerys Matthews explores the 1967 Stax/Volt Revue at the Finsbury Park Astoria in London.

Presenters journey back to explore a performance by the artist or band that inspired them

Nina Simone's daughter Simone explores an extraordinary life and career - sharing her personal thoughts and providing a glimpse of the real woman behind the distinctive voice.
This series Woman's Hour (summary)

With Jane Little.

Includes drama at 10.45am [Rptd today 7.45pm]:

Minor Characters

Adapted by Rachael McGill from the book by Joyce Johnson.

The story of writer Joyce Glassman, the muse of one of the most famous beat poets, Jack Kerouac, and the woman to whom he dedicated his novel On the Road.

Laced with an infectious jazz soundtrack, it's a young woman's coming-of-age in 1950s America.

4/5.

Jack Kerouac has burst into the life of 21-year-old Joyce Glassman.

He may be a genius but he's a difficult man to love.

Their moments together are enchanted, until he boards a boat for Tangiers.

Joyce has no idea if she will ever see him again.

Narrator....Suzanne Bertish

Joyce....Jaimi Barbakoff

Elise....Clara Perez

Mother....Joyce Springer

Father....Michael Roberts

Alex Greer....Ewan Bailey

Jack Kerouac....David Jarvis.""

Nina Simone's daughter Simone explores an extraordinary life and career - sharing her personal thoughts and providing a glimpse of the real woman behind the distinctive voice.
This series features unreleased concert tracks and contributions from some of Nina's closest friends - including her high school friend Hannah Ferguson; her niece Joyce Stroud; her close friend Verta Mae Grosvenor; concert promoter Ron Delsener; her friend and Elektra Records A and R man Michael Alago, singer Patti Smith; and her drummer for 18 years - Paul Robinson.
In part one, we hear about Nina's musical beginnings as Eunice Waymon, a 5-year-old child protégé, learning classical piano with the help of people in her home town. She won a place at New York's famous Juilliard School but was turned down by the elite Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. This was an incredible blow to the young Eunice Waymon, who turned to teaching piano and playing in bars to make ends meet. At this point she took the stage name Nina Simone.
She moved to New York City and signed her first record deal [not reading the small print which would cost her dearly later in her career]. New York was the place to be and Nina became closely associated with the civil rights movement, connected with both the radical black playwright Lorraine Hansberry and Malcolm X. She wrote her first protest song, Mississippi Goddamn, in 1963 - an enraged reaction to the deaths of four children in the bombing of a Sunday school in Alabama.
She also met and married Andy Stroud, who became her manager [and Simone's father]. Throughout the 60s her output was prolific and she toured constantly in the US and Europe, always highlighting the civil rights message.

First broadcast on Radio 2.

"

Episode 2 - Richard Hawley / Little Walter20090223 (6M)
20180926 (6M)

"Nina Simone's daughter continues her exploration of her mother's life and career.

Nina Simone's daughter explores her mother's life and career.

Richard Hawley looks back at Little Walter playing a small club in Sheffield in 1964.

Presenters journey back to explore a performance by the artist or band that inspired them

Nina Simone's daughter continues her exploration of her mother's extraordinary life and career - sharing her personal thoughts and providing a glimpse of the real woman behind the distinctive voice.

This series features unreleased concert tracks and contributions from some of Nina's closest friends - including her high school friend Hannah Ferguson; her niece Joyce Stroud; her close friend Verta Mae Grosvenor; concert promoter Ron Delsener; her friend and Elektra Records A and R man Michael Alago, singer Patti Smith; and her drummer for 18 years - Paul Robinson.

Nina started her musical life as Eunice Waymon, a 5-year-old child protégé, learning classical piano with the help of people in her home town. She won a place at New York's famous Juilliard School but was turned down by the elite Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. This was an incredible blow to the young Eunice Waymon, who turned to teaching piano and playing in bars to make ends meet. At this point she took the stage name Nina Simone.

She moved to New York City and signed her first record deal [not reading the small print which would cost her dearly later in her career]. New York was the place to be and Nina became closely associated with the civil rights movement, connected with both the radical black playwright Lorraine Hansberry and Malcolm X. She wrote her first protest song, Mississippi Goddamn, in 1963 - an enraged reaction to the deaths of four children in the bombing of a Sunday school in Alabama.

She also met and married Andy Stroud, who became her manager [and Simone's father]. Throughout the 60s her output was prolific and she toured constantly in the US and Europe, always highlighting the civil rights message.

First broadcast on Radio 2.

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