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Passion and Pain: The Life of Hector Lavoe


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ISBN13: 9780312373078
ISBN10: 0312373074
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From the poverty-stricken streets of Ponce, Puerto Rico to the vibrant barrios of New York City, HECTOR LAVOE became the singer of all singers, and the driving-force behind the Salsa movement in the mid-1960s. His popularity rivaled that of his contemporaries, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco.


Behind the music, Hector's life was filled with drugs, alcohol and women. An endless stream of tragedy plagued him including: a gun-related accident that killed his son, Hector's ninth floor jump from a hotel window and his death in 1993 from AIDS.


But Hector's pristine voice, one-of-a-kind stage performances, sold-out concerts and bestselling albums were what his fans remember most and what made him an international icon. His music brought joy to legions of people, and it continues today.

About the Author

Marc Shapiro has written over a dozen works of nonfiction on popular bands including Carlos Santana: Back on Top, Behind Sad Eyes: The Life of George Harrison, Creed: From Zero to platinum, and The Story of Eagles: The Long Run. He is also a rock journalist who has written for The Los Angeles Free Press, Words and Music, Hit Parade, Bam Magazine, Rock and Soul, Word Up, Faces, Gig and Creem.

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phycol, August 12, 2008 (view all comments by phycol)
I became fascinated with Hector Lavoe because of the film "El Cantante." Before the movie, I had never heard of the singer. While reading part of the the book I realize the movie didn't cover his entire life and was told from the perspective of his wife Puchi's point of view. However, the book focuses on his entire life, from birth to the end of his life. The book is an excellent read, and one should read it, especially if you've seen the movie, because again it expounds on more of Hector Lavoe's life, beside that with his wife.
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Shapiro, Marc
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Salsa musicians
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Lavoe, Hector
Composers & Musicians - General
Biography-Composers and Musicians
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