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Posts Tagged ‘Nina Simone’

Kanye West Samples 1930s Protest Poem

In Kayne West‘s challenging and explicit new album, he sampled Nina Simone singing “Strange Fruit”–a song that originated as a 1930s protest poem.

Below, we’ve created a free Spotify playlist linking to West’s song and a collection of covers of “Strange Fruit.” We wrote a little more about the history of the song:

New York City English teacher, poet and activist Abel Meeropol wrote the poem “Strange Fruit” during the Great Depression. The great Billie Holiday ended up recording the song, sharing the dark story about lynchings in America.

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Ben Ehrenreich & Ether on Spotify

Over at Largehearted Boy, novelist Ben Ehrenreich created a free playlist for his novel, Ether. The list of artists that kept him inspired ranged from Gang of Four to Lucinda Williams to John Cale.

Follow this link to join the free service. We also recommend you check our “How to Control Your Facebook Apps” post to make sure you are happy with your privacy settings on Spotify. We’ve already built “12 Spotify Playlists for Writers.”

Here’s an excerpt from the essay (about “Sinnerman” by the great Nina Simone): “More running, more wandering. Everyone’s running in this book, even when they’re sitting still. Not just in this book perhaps. Running to or running from? No rock to hide you and when the river’s not bleeding it’s boiling. Same goes for the sea. Keep running, sinnerman. I’ll meet you there.”