2015 is already shaping up to be a good year for music lovers with the sheer amount of quality albums that have already been released, not to mention the instant classics heading our way soon. But it's also shaping up to be a good year for music on film as well. Biopics and informative and insightful documentaries of some of music's most iconic stars are coming to screens near you to illuminate their brilliant, and often troubled, lives.
Perhaps one of the most anticipated is Netflix's documentary on soul music legend Nina Simone. What Happened, Miss Simone? has been buzzed about since it premiered at Sundance earlier this year and it will arrive for our viewing pleasure on the movie streaming service this summer. The film, helmed by Oscar-nominated director Liz Garbus, compiles footage of Nina and interviews of industry insiders and those who knew the real her, like her daughter Lisa Simone, to tell the story of Nina on and off the stage. Two months before its premiere, Netflix has released a trailer for the doc which gives us an idea of just how deep it will explore the singer's life. As her unique voice rings out through her most-known songs, we hear the people who knew her best and Nina herself speak about her journey. But perhaps the most telling moment of the trailer comes when her daughter says, "People think that when she went out on stage she became Nina Simone. My mother was Nina Simone 24/7...and that's where it became a problem."
What Happened, Miss Simone? will be available on Netflix starting June 26th. As we previously reported, Robert Glasper is also working on a companion tribute album to the film, though there's no word on if the project will be released simultaneously with the film or not. Check out the trailer below and make sure that your Netflix subscription is paid up, as this is sure to be a must-see.