Late jazz singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone was known to use music as a political weapon but, in at least one instance, she also used a deadly weapon as a weapon.
In this 1999 interview with BBC program HardTalk, Simone recounts the time she tried to shoot a thieving record label executive at a restaurant in Switzerland. “Sorry I didn’t get him!” she told the interviewer. “And that’s how I met my lawyer because my lawyer read in The Financial Times that I pulled out a knife in Switzerland and tried to kill somebody who stole my records and he said, ‘Anybody who’s willing to go to that length to get their royalties I want to work for ’em!'”
Watch the clip here.