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The Poetics of Protest in Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddam!”
Image: Ron Kroon/Dutch National Archives
In 1964, Nina Simone performed the protest song “Mississippi Goddam!” at Carnegie Hall in front of mostly white audiences. When the live recording was released, many radio stations destroyed the albums. Middlebury professor Matthew Evan Taylor discusses how Simone’s protest is found not only in her words, but also in the musical structure.
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For more information
- Matthew Evan Taylor’s other project, New Century/New Voices, is a chamber concert series featuring the diversity of modern classical music. The next event happens on April 7 on the Middlebury campus.
- Anyone looking for more musical inspiration should follow Dr. Taylor on Twitter.
Nina Simone performing her controversial song, “Mississippi Goddam”: