Bossa Nova: The Story of the Brazilian Music That Seduced the World

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Chicago Review Press, Apr 1, 2012 - Music - 400 pages
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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, Jo+o 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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A translation of a 1990 Brazilian best seller, this history of what happened when "street samba" moved indoors and became an international form of pop/jazz is filled with material from interviews with ... Read full review

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The truth about Walter Wanderley's night at the Holiday Inn when he nodded out on his organ, the show was over and so was his international contracts with the Holiday Inns. Also, there was one "girl" performing, I was singing with him. He wasn't out for hours he called me right away. Did Mr. Castro witness Walter taking a "molotav", I don't think so. This is how peoples' lives are misconstrued and causes them a lot of grief. Get your facts straight. 


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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. Julian Dibbell is a writer and journalist. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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