This article is about Nina Simone’s secret diaries kept by her ex-husband Andrew Stroud. Never previously released because he refused to talk to her biographer.
Through various diaries she wrote we can read her lucid and candid thoughts on various things, her marriage, friends and musical career. What is most striking throughout all of it is the honesty and eloquence with which she writes about her experience of depression, an undiagnosed condition at the time.
An insightful and often heartbreaking read of how an incredibly talented powerhouse of a woman dealt with societies prejudices, artistic expression and sometimes crushing self-doubt.
Complement with two rare live performances from 1961-62