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


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By Ruy Castro, Julian Dibbell (Foreword by)
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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, João 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.

About the Author

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.

Praise For…

"Recreates the perfect image of Rio during the height of Bossa Nova’s popularity."  —Weekly Standard 

“Friendly, chatty, armchair storytelling.”  —allaboutjazz.com
Product Details
ISBN: 9781556524943
ISBN-10: 1556524943
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Publication Date: April 1st, 2003
Pages: 400
Language: English