Selena: Como la Flor

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Boulevard Books, 1997 - Mexican American women singers - 356 pages
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Selena: Como la Flor tells the story of this vital, outgoing, wildly popular performer in greater detail - and with greater accuracy - than it has ever been told before. She was the most talented daughter in a music-loving family and the lead singer - starting at age eight - of her family's band. Under the determined guidance of her father, Selena exploded into the growing field of Tejano music and became its leading star. The book traces Selena's spectacular rise and reveals the rich Mexican-American culture that nurtured and supported her every step of the way. Author Joe Nick Patoski, a senior editor for Texas Monthly who has written extensively about Selena and Texas music, lovingly documents Selena's determined work, from her first performance in a corner of the family's Tex-Mex restaurant in Lake Jackson, Texas, to the growing fame that took young Selena out of school and put her in front of even-larger adoring audiences across the nation. He tells the story of how her beloved songs like "Como la Flor" and "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" came into being and became instant Tejano classics. We see the stunning run of hits, performances and awards that made Selena a superstar and the extraordinary rapport between Selena and her audience that made her not just a music star but a cultural icon for millions. At the same time, the book explores the strains that came with success - tension within the family over Selena's marriage to her guitarist, Chris Perez; tension over the relentless grind of touring, recording, and creating new material; tension about musical direction and Selena's drive to record songs in English and for a broader pop market; and tension over control of Selena's own fashionbusiness and the who managed it, Yolanda Saldivar. The book traces the complex and troubled relationship between Selena and her killer and details the events leading to the murder with the most extensive and authoritative coverage anywhere. The capture of Saldivar and her trial and

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The 1995 murder of 23-year-old singer Selena has had a continuing impact, especially on the Hispanic community. Patoski, a senior editor at Texas Monthly, seems well acquainted with the world of ... Read full review


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Joe Nick Patoski has been a football nut ever since attending his first football game in 1956 and securing his first chinstrap from his kindergarten teacher, who was married to TCU center Arve Martin. In high school, he participated in the Friday night ritual as a cheerleader for the Arlington Heights High School Yellow Jackets. A former staff writer for Texas Monthly, Patoski has been writing about Texas and Texans for four decades. His many publications include biographies of Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Selena.

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