Must-Read Books About Pop Music, Politics, and Revolution

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I Put A Spell On You: The Autobiography Of Nina Simone, Nina Simone

While “Dancing in the Street” inadvertently became an anthem for the civil rights era, Nina Simone dove headfirst into it by writing and performing songs like “Mississippi Goddam” as a response to the murder of Medgar Evers, and sang, spoke, and marched in many civil rights protests. Reading her autobiography is an easy way to pay tribute to one of the great badasses of American music.