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Bonnie Greer explores music's influence on Obama

13th November 2009

Bonnie Greer's latest book looks at how the music of Chicago's south side influenced the current US president.

Speaking to BBC News, the American-born writer said that Obama Music examines her own childhood in the area and how the music of the 1960s affected Barack Obama.

The book covers the migration of African-Americans to Chicago, with the author explaining: 'I look at it through the portal of jazz, blues, gospel and soul and talk about Obama as the epitome of all these great music styles.'

Greer also revealed that she was inspired to write her current play Marilyn and Ella by the friendship between iconic stars Marilyn Monroe and Ella Fitzgerald.

She told the broadcaster that her interest in the relationship was sparked after accidently watching a documentary on Monroe and discovering how the actress helped Fitzgerald in her early career.

Greer, who is a trustee of the British Museum, has written ten productions for BBC Radio 3 and 4 and is a winner of the Verity Bargate Award for best new play.

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