Nina Simone's Gum: Signed Edition (Hardback)
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Nina Simone's Gum: Signed Edition (Hardback)

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Hardback 208 Pages
Published: 02/09/2021

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In an inspiring account of musical genius, artistic devotion and creative connection, Ellis describes how a piece of gum chewed by the legendary performer Dr Nina Simone became an unassailable totem for him throughout a long and turbulent career.

Signed Edition

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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 from Nick Cave.

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, growing in significance with every passing year.

In 2019, Cave - his collaborator and great friend - asked Warren if there was anything he could contribute to display in his Stranger Than Kindness exhibition. Warren realised the time had come to release the gum. Together they agreed it should be housed in a glass case like a holy relic. Worrying the gum would be damaged or lost, Warren decided to first have it cast in silver and gold, sparking a chain of events that no one could have predicted, one that would take him back to his childhood and his relationship to found objects.

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.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571372867
Number of pages: 208
Dimensions: 204 x 156 mm
Edition: Main

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Katy Wheatley

“An Engagingly Surreal Memoir”

This is a strange and brilliant book. It really is about Nina Simone's chewing gum. Warren Ellis, a huge fan, was lucky enough to see her when she performed for a series of concerts that Nick Cave curated as part... More

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 25

“Mmmmm, nah.”

I have enjoyed the music of Ellis & Cave, along with that of Nina Simone for many years, though something about this book didn't land for me. Felt like an artist disappearing up their own gifted behind.... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 16

“Delicate and beautiful”

A delicate touch with how much of his personal story he reveals but enough that we know we are in the hands of a true artist. The exploration and exposition of the power of artefacts and the way we humans imbue them... More

Paperback edition
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