Nina Simone. The Biography - David Brun-Lambert.
A musical child prodigy, Nina Simone ought to have enjoyed a glittering classical career. But rejection by the all white board of an elite conservatoire traumatised her for life. As she sang "My baby just cares for me", her own relationships with men were marked by abuse, exploitation and rape. She was fiercely committed to the cause of civil rights - but was tyrannical to her muscians and her own family. She craved affection and safety, yet thought of nothing of in later life of rewarding her adoring fans with disrespect. This book was the first full biography of this magnificent but tortured artist (paperback, pre-owned).