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Nina Simone’s Gum (Hardback)

Warren Ellis

From award-winning musician and composer Warren Ellis comes the unexpected and inspiring story of a piece of chewing gum. Featuring an introduction from Nick Cave.

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£20.00
Format
Hardback
ISBN
9780571365623
Date Published
02.09.2021
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Summary

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From award-winning musician and composer Warren Ellis comes the unexpected and inspiring story of a piece of chewing gum.

FEATURING AN INTRODUCTION BY NICK CAVE

I hadn’t opened the towel that contained her gum since 2013. The last person to touch it was Nina Simone, her saliva and fingerprints unsullied. The idea that it was still in her towel was something I had drawn strength from. I thought each time I opened it some of Nina Simone’s spirit would vanish. In many ways that thought was more important than the gum itself.

On Thursday 1 July, 1999, Dr Nina Simone gave a rare performance as part of Nick Cave’s Meltdown Festival. After the show, in a state of awe, Warren Ellis crept onto the stage, took Dr Simone’s piece of chewed gum from the piano, wrapped it in her stage towel and put it in a Tower Records bag. The gum remained with him for twenty years; a sacred totem, his creative muse, a conduit that would eventually take Ellis back to his childhood and his relationship with found objects, growing in significance with every passing year.

Nina Simone’s Gum is about how something so small can form beautiful connections between people. It is a story about the meaning we place on things, on experiences, and how they become imbued with spirituality. It is a celebration of artistic process, friendship, understanding and love.

‘The year’s most eccentric and joyful musical memoir.’
DAILY TELEGRAPH (Books of the Year)

‘A meditation on art and value, connection and collaboration […] Fantastic.’
THE TIMES (Books of the Year)

‘One of the most strange, illuminating and wonderful ‘music’ books ever.’
MOJO (Books of the Year)

Critic Reviews

The year's most eccentric and joyful musical memoir.

Neil McCormick, Telegraph (Music Books of the Year)
Critic Reviews

Ellis marshals [Nina Simone's Gum] approach with intelligence and charm: you feel as if you’ve spent time in the company of a particularly perceptive raconteur.

Alexis Petridis, The Guardian (Books of the year)
Critic Reviews

'A meditation on art and value, connection and collaboration [...] Fantastic.'

The Times (Books of the year)
Critic Reviews

'One of the most strange, illuminating and wonderful 'music' books ever.'

Mojo (Books of the year)
Critic Reviews

What the gum symbolises and the meaning behind what great performers and artists give to people – the transcendence of music in our lives – is what this wonderful book is all about.

Francesca Brown, Stylist
Critic Reviews

[Nina Simone's Gum] is a metaphor for [Ellis'] creativity - the blossoming of a small idea into something bigger and bolder - but also a journey inside the impulsive, improvisatory mind of Warren Ellis, his passions, obsessions and superstitions.

Sean O'Hagan, Observer
WarrenEllis

Warren Ellis is an Australian multi-instrumentalist and composer, most famous for his work as collaborator and bandmate of Nick Cave, in both the Bad Seeds and Grinderman. Both solo and alongside Nick he is also a multi-awardwinning film composer whose soundtracks include The Proposition, The Road, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Mustang and most recently…

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