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Jone Johnson Lewis

High Priestess of Soul

By February 10, 2013

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Nina Simone (1935-2003), called the "High Priestess of Soul" in the 1960s, was always difficult to classify into a particular musical style: soul, blues, jazz, protest -- all of the above and none of them; she was a classical pianist, as well. Her anger at America, expressed in "Mississippi Goddam," eased in her later years, but she continued to live outside the country where she'd encountered injustice. Learn more:

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