Nick Cave celebrates Nina Simone in latest Red Hand Files essay

Nick Cave celebrates Nina Simone in latest Red Hand Files
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Nick Cave celebrates Nina Simone in latest Red Hand Files
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Nick Cave has
shared his latest Red Hand Files essay, in which he praises
Nina Simone and
her live recording of ‘My Sweet Lord’.

Answering a question about whether or not there is a protest
song he greatly admires for the way it was written or arranged,
Cave highlights Simone’s rendition of George Harrison‘s
1970 song, which was a part of her 1972 live LP, ‘Emergency
Ward!’, which showed her opposition to the Vietnam War.

The question came after
Cave recently said that writing political songs is “just not what
I do”
in a Red Hand Files edition.

“Nina Simone’s interpretation of George Harrison’s gentle
cosmic entreaty ends up, in her hands, as a howl of spiritual
abandonment and accusation,” Cave began his latest Red Hand Files
essay.

“This rendition is a gospel thrill ride, with mantras, wild
syncopated handclaps and weird background whoops, courtesy of the
Bethany Baptist Church Junior Choir of South Jamaica, New York,”
he said. “The Hare Krishna chant has been removed and more
‘Hallelujahs’ have been added as Nina reaches back to her
Methodist roots and proclaims.”

“In this extraordinarily bold statement, Nina Simone stands
defiant in the face of spiritual oblivion, and a world (and God)
that so readily allows war and senseless carnage to occur, he
continued. “It is a protest song par excellence that serves as a
form of transport, a vehicle that takes us on a complex and nuanced
journey into transcendent rage. The song itself becomes a forge of
fury, where Nina Simone stands conflicted and defiant and, in the
final lines, pulls the heavens crashing down around our
ears.”

Calling her “a living grievance machine” because of the
racial and gender barriers she was forced to face on her way to
earningthe respect that she deserved at the time, Cave added that
Simone’s strength, talent and music may be what the world needs
right now.

Read the full essay here.

Meanwhile,
Cave has announced details of a new livestreamed solo show, filmed
in an empty Alexandra Palace.

Idiot Prayer sees the Bad
Seeds
frontman deliver a unique performance of tracks from
throughout his career, including early rarities and songs from
Grinderman,
right up to his latest acclaimed album ‘Ghosteen‘.

The show was filmed in the West Hall of the iconic London venue
by award-winning cinematographer Robbie Ryan (The Favourite,
Marriage Story, American Honey) and was edited by Nick Emerson
(Lady Macbeth, Emma, Greta).

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Nick Cave has
shared his latest Red Hand Files essay, in which he praises
Nina Simone and
her live recording of ‘My Sweet Lord’.
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Answering a question about whether or not there is a protest
song he greatly admires for the way it was written or arranged,
Cave highlights Simone’s rendition of George Harrison‘s
1970 song, which was a part of her 1972 live LP, ‘Emergency
Ward!’, which showed her opposition to the Vietnam War.
The question came after
Cave recently said that writing political songs is “just not what
I do” in a Red Hand Files edition.
“Nina Simone’s interpretation of George Harrison’s gentle
cosmic entreaty ends up, in her hands, as a howl of spiritual
abandonment and accusation,” Cave began his latest Red Hand Files
essay.
“This rendition is a gospel thrill ride, with mantras, wild
syncopated handclaps and weird background whoops, courtesy of the
Bethany Baptist Church Junior Choir of South Jamaica, New York,”
he said. “The Hare Krishna chant has been removed and more
‘Hallelujahs’ have been added as Nina reaches back to her
Methodist roots and proclaims.”

“In this extraordinarily bold statement, Nina Simone stands
defiant in the face of spiritual oblivion, and a world (and God)
that so readily allows war and senseless carnage to occur, he
continued. “It is a protest song par excellence that serves as a
form of transport, a vehicle that takes us on a complex and nuanced
journey into transcendent rage. The song itself becomes a forge of
fury, where Nina Simone stands conflicted and defiant and, in the
final lines, pulls the heavens crashing down around our
ears.”
Calling her “a living grievance machine” because of the
racial and gender barriers she was forced to face on her way to
earningthe respect that she deserved at the time, Cave added that
Simone’s strength, talent and music may be what the world needs
right now.
Read the full essay here.

Meanwhile,
Cave has announced details of a new livestreamed solo show, filmed
in an empty Alexandra Palace.
Idiot Prayer sees the Bad
Seeds frontman deliver a unique performance of tracks from
throughout his career, including early rarities and songs from
Grinderman,
right up to his latest acclaimed album ‘Ghosteen‘.
The show was filmed in the West Hall of the iconic London venue
by award-winning cinematographer Robbie Ryan (The Favourite,
Marriage Story, American Honey) and was edited by Nick Emerson
(Lady Macbeth, Emma, Greta).
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