Synopses & Reviews
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 Castros wisecracking, chatty Portuguese comes through in a feast of detail. Along the way he introduces a cast of unforgettable characters who turned Gilbertos singular vision into the sound of a generation.
"Recreates the perfect image of Rio during the height of Bossa Novas popularity." —Weekly Standard
“Friendly, chatty, armchair storytelling.” —allaboutjazz.com
The definitive history of bossa nova musicwhich has produced such enduring hits as "The Girl from Ipanema," "The Waters of March," and "Desafinado"this book chronicles the culture of Rio during its heyday. Based on extensive interviews with Antonio Carlos Jobim, João Gilberto, and all the major musicians and their friends, this retrospective is full of passion and betrayal, love and hate, comedy and tragedy.
About the Author
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.