Carlos Santana: A Biography

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Carlos Santana: A Biography explores the life and music of this extraordinary guitarist, ranging from his professional beginnings—his first regular gig was at a Tijuana strip club—and early success in San Francisco to the definitive songs and albums of the 1970s, the commercial resurgence with 1999's Supernatural, his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and his current work with producer Bill Laswell.

Unlike other biographies, this book offers a comprehensive look at ...

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Overview

Carlos Santana: A Biography explores the life and music of this extraordinary guitarist, ranging from his professional beginnings—his first regular gig was at a Tijuana strip club—and early success in San Francisco to the definitive songs and albums of the 1970s, the commercial resurgence with 1999's Supernatural, his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and his current work with producer Bill Laswell.

Unlike other biographies, this book offers a comprehensive look at Santana's transitions through a variety of musical styles beyond rock, including blues, salsa, jazz, and world music. It also portrays Santana as very much a child of the eclectic musical culture of the 1960s, as well as showing the profound influence of the New Age movement on Santana's life and music.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Though the Santana biography may be targeted at students, don't feel like it is exclusive to them. Weinstein's offering is a good primer for anyone interested in the guitarist's life."

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Boise Weekly

"This biography of guitarist Carlos Santana is appropriate for high school students and above. The nine chapters describe the artist's early initiation into music through his family in Mexico, his now legendary Woodstock appearance and subsequent work with Columbia Records, his connection to Indian guru Sri Chinmoy, two marriages, his profound response to the deaths of Miles Davis and Stevie Ray Vaughan in the same year, and Santana's four decades (and counting) of musical output and experimentation."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313354205
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/2009
  • Series: Greenwood Biographies Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,071,193
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword vii

Acknowledgments ix

Timeline: Events in the Life of Carlos Santana xi

Chapter 1 It's a Santana Family Affair 1

Chapter 2 Mexican Blues Arrive at Woodstock 15

Chapter 3 Costs of Fame and Fortune 31

Chapter 4 Trying on the Spirit of Jazz 45

Chapter 5 The Guitarist Bridging Contradictions 57

Chapter 6 Music and Family in Transition 71

Chapter 7 Leaving Marriage, Sparking Controversy, Reinventing His Style 89

Chapter 8 Carlos Santana as a Sixties "Survivor" 99

Chapter 9 Carlos Speaks: Interpretations and Rebounding Questions 111

Selected Discography 117

Selected Bibliography 119

Index 123

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