Nina Simone Live at the Olympia (Part II)

Nina Simone sings "Ain't Got No / I Got Life", "Revolution", "Four Woman", and more

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Al Schackman — Electric guitar
Gene Perla — Bass guitarist
Don Alias — Drummer
Weldon Irvine — Organist
Gina Rothchild — Vocalist
Doris Willingham — Vocalist
Nina Simone — Singer, Bandleader, pianist

Program notes

In 1969 Nina Simone was at the height of her artistic powers. It was the middle of the Civil Rights Movement, and her voice had been inseparable from the cause ever since 1964's masterpiece "Mississippi Goddam." Yet as her political activism rose, her music took a back seat and she became more and more engaged, more aligned with Malcolm X's advocation for revolution rather than Martin Luther King's peaceful resistance arguments, though she had great respect for Dr. King, also. In 1967, two years before this concert, she recorded another track that would become one of her enduring pieces, "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free," by Billy Taylor, on her album Silk and Soul. 

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Directed by:
Bernard Lion
Venue: Olympia Hall (Paris, France)
Production date: 1970
Duration: 39 min
Production: © Office national de radiodiffusion télévision française (ORTF)
Resolution: Full HD

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Thursday, February 29, 2024