Andy Stroud's rare-footage documentary, Nina Simone Great Performances: College Concerts and Interviews, opens at The Maysles Institute in New York City tonight. Stroud was Simone's husband and manager and when we chose to feature her as one of our Icons in FADER 38, he provided great insight into her unique character and misunderstood personality. We also spoke with Stroud and Simone's daughter—both interviews are republished here in full, heartbreaking glory. If legendary concert footage and timeworn interviews with the high priestess of soul are not enough to get you to travel up above 125th St. tonight, Maysles is also showing the first-ever documentary made about Johnny Cash, Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music, from 1969. Split your brain like a dolphin and watch both documentaries at once.
July 24, 2009