4 Great Rock Books to Read This Month

From Nina Simone's life story to a Lita Ford tell-all, don't miss these new music non-fiction reads

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Nina Simone's Sublime Genius
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Nina Simone's Sublime Genius

What Happened, Miss Simone? is the engaging biography of the troubled soul heroine serves as a companion to the 2015 Netflix documentary of the same title. Journalist Alan Light chronicles the life of a civil-rights icon who "grudgingly accepted the popular nickname 'the High Priestess of Soul.'" Simone's mental-health struggles led to violent episodes (she brought bodyguards to shows to protect fans from her), and a tragic end. But as Light shows, her intensity fueled music that reflected and transformed the volatile America of her times. – Jon Dolan

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