Nina Simone’s Gum – Signed Limited Edition

Warren Ellis

ISBN: 9780571372874S


Signed Limited Edition of Nina Simone’s Gum by Warren Ellis

Hand signed by Warren Ellis

Fine handbound edition, with signed & numbered limitation page in a gold fabric slipcase, along with an additional 32 page photographic pamphlet.


Covered in gold fabric paper, with a rectangular panel of plain, pale cream paper affixed into a recessed rectangle on the front, with the gum shape blocked in pale gold in the centre of the paper rectangle. Title and author blocked on spine (in cream pigment).
Printed using the metal shavings image to match the cover of the pamphlet (attached).
Purple head and tail bands, purple ribbon

Covered in purple cloth, blind blocked with title only on front

Additional pamphlet: 
32 page photographic booklet. printed on 145gsm Zerkall smooth paper, three-hole-sewn by hand with cream thread
Individually wrapped in brown paper with numbered label on outside

Out of stock


Signed Limited Edition

From award-winning musician and composer Warren Ellis comes the unexpected and inspiring story of a piece of chewing gum. Featuring an introduction from Nick Cave.

On Thursday 1 July, 1999, Dr Nina Simone gave a rare performance as part of Nick Cave’s Meltdown Festival. After the show, in a state of awe, Warren Ellis crept onto the stage, took Dr Simone’s piece of chewed gum from the piano, wrapped it in her stage towel and put it in a Tower Records bag. The gum remained with him for twenty years; a sacred totem, his creative muse, growing in significance with every passing year.

In 2019, Cave – his collaborator and great friend – asked Warren if there was anything he could contribute to display in his Stranger Than Kindness exhibition. Warren realised the time had come to release the gum. Together they agreed it should be housed in a glass case like a holy relic. Worrying the gum would be damaged or lost, Warren decided to first have it cast in silver and gold, sparking a chain of events that no one could have predicted, one that would take him back to his childhood and his relationship to found objects.

Nina Simone’s Gum is about how something so small can form beautiful connections between people. It is a story about the meaning we place on things, on experiences, and how they become imbued with spirituality. It is a celebration of artistic process, friendship, understanding and love.

Further Information

Format Hardback
Publisher Faber & Faber
Published 02/09/2021
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