Watch a New Nina Simone Animation Based on an Interview Never Aired in the U.S. Before

Blank on Blank has worked their mag­ic again, this time ani­mat­ing a 1968 inter­view with the singer-song­writer and civ­il rights activist, Nina Simone. As always, Blank on Blank’s visu­al work is a treat. But what stands out for me here is the audio record­ing. Tak­en from a 1960s radio show host­ed by Lil­ian Ter­ry, the audio orig­i­nal­ly aired in Italy in the 1960s. And, until now, it has nev­er been heard in the Unit­ed States. Ter­ry is nowa­days work­ing on an audio­book project called Voic­es from the Jazz Dimen­sion that “chron­i­cles her remark­able col­lec­tion of inter­views with jazz leg­ends from Nina to Duke Elling­ton.” We can hard­ly wait for that project to take final shape. You can find more Blank on Blank ani­ma­tions, all of which revive vin­tage audio clips, in our archive.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

Nina Simone Sings Her Break­through Song, ‘I Loves You Por­gy,’ in 1962

Free Archive of Audio Inter­views with Rock, Jazz & Folk Leg­ends Now on iTunes

Jazz on the Tube: An Archive of 2,000 Clas­sic Jazz Videos (and Much More)



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