The Bad Seed and Dirty Three bandmember had a life-altering encounter with Nina Simone in 1999. At Guardian Australia’s monthly Zoom book club, he reflected on stealing her chewing gum – and its lingering significance

Nina Simone’s Gum by Warren Ellis is out in Australia on 11 October through Faber

Warren Ellis hates imagining himself on stage.

“The less I know about it the better,” the Dirty Three and Bad Seed bandmember confessed at Guardian Australia’s Zoom book club this Friday.

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