This page will update weekly to include a new question for the books that we are currently reading. Once the book is done, the questions will be archived and this page will start anew with the next reading.
How does Nina Simone’s childhood as she tells it help you understand the relationship between gospel music and blues music?
Do you see Nina Simone’s playing style and insistence on certain decorum from her audience as tied to her rejection from Curtis? Why or why not?
Nina Simone spoke of being frustrated with the label “jazz singer” when it did not fit her playing style, and she was particularly upset that she would regularly be compared to Billie Holliday. She said:
What were your thoughts upon first hearing the song “Mississippi Goddam”? Did it change the way you saw the Civil Rights Movement, and does it change the way you engage in civil rights advocation today?
Discussion Question for the Week of Oct 29 – Nov 4
In our chapters for this week’s reading, Nina Simone discusses her internal conflict over living in the US, a place full of people who had murdered her leaders, who had in many ways betrayed her, and were working to erase her despite all the money she had made for the record companies. What did you learn from reading her account of exploitation and her attempts to run from it by leaving the country?
Discussion Question for the Week of Nov 5 – Nov 11
What are your thoughts on how Nina Simone chose to end her autobiography? Does her experience make you view the music industry any differently?