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Bossa Nova
By Ruy Castro

Bossa Nova

The Story of the Brazilian Music That Seduced the World

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Bossa Nova by Ruy Castro

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Bossa nova is one of the most popular musical genres in the world. Songs such as "The Girl from Ipanema" (the fifth most frequently played song in the world), "The Waters of March," and "Desafinado" are known around the world. Bossa Nova --a number-one bestseller when originally published in Brazil as Chega de saudade --is a definitive history of this seductive music. Based on extensive interviews with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto, and all the major musicians and their friends, Bossa Nova explains how a handful of Rio de Janeiro teenagers changed the face of popular culture around the world. Now, in this outstanding translation, the full flavor of Ruy Castro's wisecracking, chatty Portuguese comes through in a feast of detail. Along the way he introduces a cast of unforgettable characters who turned Gilberto's singular vision into the sound of a generation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781556524943
ISBN-10: 1556524943
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: A Cappella Books
Publisher: A Cappella Books
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ruy Castro

Ruy Castro grew up in Rio to the sound of bossa nova. He has been a staff writer, reporter, and editor for more than half a dozen major Brazilian magazines and newspapers. He lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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