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The Olympia 1969

Nina Simone Live in Paris (Part II) The Olympia 1969


In 1969 Nina Simone was at the height of her artistic powers. It was the middle of the Civil Rights Movement, and her voice had been inseparable from the cause ever since 1964's masterpiece "Mississippi Goddam." Yet as her political activism rose, her music took a back seat and she became more and more engaged, more aligned with Malcolm X's advocation for revolution rather than Martin Luther King's peaceful resistance arguments, though she had great respect for Dr. King, also. In 1967, two years before this concert, she recorded another track that would become one of her enduring pieces, "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free," by Billy Taylor, on her album Silk and Soul. 

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  • Al Schackman | Electric guitar
  • Gene Perla | Bass guitarist
  • Don Alias | Drummer
  • Weldon Irvine | Organist
  • Gina Rothchild | Vocalist
  • Doris Willingham | Vocalist
  • Nina Simone | Singer, Bandleader , Pianist


  • Jessie Mae Robinson, The Other Woman
  • Barry and Robin Gibb, To Love Somebody
  • Pete Seeger, Turn Turn Turn
  • Robert MacGimsey, If He Changed My Name
  • Nina Simone, Four Women
  • Aretha Franklin / Carolyn Franklin / Curtis Ousley, Save Me
  • Bob Dylan, I Shall Be Released
  • Weldon Irvine / Nina Simone, Revolution
  • James Rado / Gerome Ragni / Galt MacDermot / Nina Simone, Ain't Got No / I Got Life


  • Directed by:
    • Bernard Lion
  • Venue: Olympia Hall (Paris, France)
  • Production date: 1970
  • Duration: 39 min
  • Production: © Office national de radiodiffusion télévision française (ORTF)
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