Looking for La Bomba: The Cuban Adventures of a Musical Oaf

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Penguin Books, 2005 - Cuba - 309 pages
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Dissatisfied with a comfortable but uninspiring life in London, Richard Neill decided he'd like to play double bass on stage with a top Cuban Sonband.


  • 1. He couldn't play bass
  • 2. He had no discernible musical talent
  • 3. He didn't know any Cuban Sonbands.
Not put off by mere details, he headed for Cuba.

This is the story of a year spent on that unique island - a country still dominated by the figure of Castro. And the place where our hero casts aside his English inhibitions and his own musical inadequacy in search of La Bomba(his rhythm . . .)

Funny, self-deprecating and life-affirming, Looking for La Bombais a magical mix of McCarthy's Barand the Buena Vista Social Club - a book for anyone who's ever dreamed an impossible dream.

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Prologue I
Childhood Scars and Air Guitars
Forgiving Instruments

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