Warren Ellis, famously one of the core creative forces of the Bad Seeds, has turned his hand to paper and will release a new book called Nina Simone’s Gum.
Ellis’ debut book, which will be released on October 19 through Faber & Faber, is a nonfiction effort about a piece of chewed gum by the High Priestess of Soul herself.
The story goes that Ellis’ partner in crime, Nick Cave, somehow managed to acquire Nina Simone’s chewed gum some 20 years ago. In 1999, Simone performed at the Meltdown festival that was curated Cave. The Bad Seeds members, who have been vocal about their admiration for Simone, seized their opportunity to get secure a memento. Apparently, after her set, Ellis crept on-stage and pinched the gum from her piano and he has kept it safe ever since.
“Nina Simone’s Gum reveals how something seemingly insignificant and disposable can form beautiful connections between people,” a press release reads.
“It is a story about the meaning we bestow on objects and experiences, and how these things can become imbued with spirituality. It is a celebration of the artistic process and the incomparable power of the art born from it — of friendship, understanding and love.”
The book is available to order, here.