Descripción de editorial
Este libro reconstruye la vida bohemia y cultural carioca de los tiempos de la bossa nova: local por local, fan por fan, historia por historia. Para componer este fascinante mosaico que mezcla música y anécdotas, Ruy Castro escuchó a decenas de sus protagonistas: compositores, cantantes, instrumentistas... y también a los amigos y enemigos de todos ellos. El resultado es un relato que se lee como una novela, lleno de pasiones y traiciones, amores y desamores, situaciones cómicas y trágicas. Sus protagonistas son João Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, y la legión de jóvenes a los que sedujeron con el encanto de unas canciones que salieron de Brasil a conquistar el mundo.
For North American audiences, bossa nova was "a brief Brazilian seduction" before the British invasion of the 1960s, when it fell from the world stage into the background, where it continues to appeal. But in Brazil, bossa nova meant an innovative new sound--a "serenely syncretic" take on samba--to accompany the country's other modernizations. A bestseller in Brazil, Castro's book might lack some context for readers here. But it is an energetic journalistic history with a lively cast of characters, set mostly in the beachside neighborhoods and nightclubs of Rio de Janeiro. Castro outlines the careers of, among others, pioneers Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilberto. Gilberto has always cut a curious figure: a poetic, idiosyncratic, charming young man, he became in later years a productive, exacting recluse. Enumerating poets, diplomats and critics who wrote music or lyrics, the narrative depicts a music-loving society--the wide-reaching R dio Nacional was likely "the largest rhythmical democracy in the world"--that incubated bossa nova throughout its inception--in the music of Frank Sinatra and Stan Kenton--and evolution during the composition of Black Orpheus. Bossa nova was finally released, full-fledged, in the instant classic "Chega de saudade" (the Brazilian title of the book, which translates as "no more blues"), and made its notable U.S. debut at Carnegie Hall in 1962. Having interviewed everyone available, Castro has at his fingertips elemental details, like the moment Billy Blanco conjured up a musical phrase on a bus, then ran into a bar and, over the din, shouted his creation to his collaborator Jobim, marking the birth of the song "Sinfonia do Rio de Janeiro." Photos.