In 1964, Nina Simone embarked on new stage of her career. Her rejection by the Philadelphia-based Curtis Institute Of Music; time spent as a pianist in an Atlantic City nightclub; her jazz, gospel, pop and classical influences – all these had fused to make her one of the most complex, fascinating and talented artists of the decade. Simone released her debut album in 1958, but when she signed to Philips, in 1964, her creative output was about to dovetail with the Civil Rights movement – notably coinciding with the Civil Rights Act Of 1964, which outlawed discrimination based on race, color, gender, religious affiliation or nationality.
Recorded across three concerts performed at New York's prestigious Carnegie Hall in March and April 1964, In Concert saw Simone step out as a fearless protest singer at the height of the US Civil Rights movement. She gives fans a chance to settle comfortably with a rendition of one of her most famous songs, the Porgy And Bess centrepiece "I Loves You, Porgy," but Simone quickly establishes her protest credentials with The Threepenny Opera's "Pirate Jenny" and a take on "Old Jim Crow," before closing with a thunderous rendition of "Mississippi Goddam."