Don’t Let me Be Misunderstood

English: This drawing (pencil on a4 paper) dep...
This drawing (pencil on a4 paper) depicts singer, pianist and civil rights activist Nina Simone in the mid- to late sixties, the high-point of her commercial career. Her hair style (she was one of the first artists to publicly wear an afro) and emotive, slightly agressive expression, are illustrative of her character at the time. Image via Wikipedia.

“Cause if I’m misunderstood all my life would have been in vain….”

I’m a huge fan of Nina Simone and this version of “Don’t let me be misunderstood” takes the song and the phrase out of the popular love song theme and places it in a whole other dimension.  It’s wonderful, and so is her introduction.  It’s also a great example of music video from the era.  Watch it with your Ears Open: Check the backing vocals.

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    1. Very real indeed. Interesting to read that her activism interfered with her popularity – but then political activism does interfere with one’s popularity – unless you are active for the most popular political party!

  1. Funny you mention that, was just reading up on Sinead this morning and her being booed and Kristofferson defending her. Plan DEM sub-post for Jan. 8. Same true of many others in 60s i.e. Baez, Weavers, Janis Ian, & more recently Holly Near, Eddie Veddar etc. Oh well, can’t be a feeling human being and just stick with the Master’s plan….

  2. Sindead does speak up (do you have link for that article you were reading?) and Skin is certainly outspoken in her music. Will look for your post – though not sure what you mean by DEM sub-post – unless you mean Democratic? as in U.S. Politics?

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