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

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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 ...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Chicago Review Press (first published April 1st 1990)
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Naeem
Sep 14, 2010 Naeem rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: joel dinerstein, paulo chamon, claudio tellez
Recommended to Naeem by: Aloja
First and foremost, I thoroughly enjoyed this fine book. Ruy Castro has a sly and subtle sense of humor that had me laughing along. He also has the pacing of a master story teller. Mostly he allows the reader to follow him as he traces the movement major players in Bossa Nova -- Joao Gilberto, Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Sylvia Telles, Nara Leao, and a large cast of middle and minor players as well. Sometimes he follows in great detail the emergence of specific songs -- chega de saudade, desafina ...more
Alvaro
A estética e sociologia explicada no detalhe e balanço da própria bossa nova. Um trabalho brilhante que se lê quase com o mesmo prazer com que se ouve a música.
Víctor García
Interesante narración sobre la bossa nova. De lectura fácil y divertida gracias a los chascarrillos, anécdotas y chistes que hace el autor, ayuda a comprender y hacerse una idea general de los orígenes y evolución de este fabuloso tipo de música. El único pero es la avalancha de nombres que a veces se hace abrumadora, aunque supongo que aún así muchos nombres habrán quedado en el tintero.

Libro muy recomendable para los aficionados a la Bossa Nova.
Wes Freeman
Dishy tale of the incestuous Rio de Janeiro jazz scene that brought Bossa Nova softly into the world. Wry Brazilian journalist Castro tells the story of how Joao Gilberto, a boorish Bahian singer, becomes a neurotic genius who changes the world. He also paints a memorable picture of how Gilberto's beat (the tricky syncopated guitar strum on which the Bossa Nova sound is built) reverberates across Copacabana, then Rio, then Brazil, then the world. Heart on his sleeve and tongue in his cheek, Cast ...more
John
I really did not like this book. I was assigned to read it for my Latin American culture class. I just didn't understand the logical flow of the book. One minute it talked about the Sinatra-Farney fan club then it began talking about a local radio station without any real transition. One other person in my class said it makes sense if you follow the music rather than the storyline. That didn't work for me. I just don't get it.
Elaine
Durante pouco mais de 400 páginas e uma semana, me senti como se fosse uma "personagem" dos anos 50/60. A história é narrada de uma maneira tão incrível que não parece tão absurdo assim ter vontade de chorar ao ler os nomes das pessoas que já morreram, mesmo que há muitos anos antes de você nascer ou saber o que era música. Este livro ficará imortalizado para mim, assim como a música e as pessoas narradas nele. Fantástico.
Mark
Very interesting book on the background and development of bossa nova, mainly following the early career of the great Joao Gilberto. Although the exposition and background provided is excellent, the book does presuppose a bit of familiarity with the musicians involved.
Ra Cha Cha
I'm using this as a source for my senior essay on Bossa Nova, and so far I'm loving it. It's got all the information I need, but the writing isn't labored and keeps you interested.
David
Very detailed history of Bossa Nova from a Brazilian journalist. Made me want to listen to tons of the more obscure records mentioned.
Shila
Aug 18, 2011 Shila marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The music is great, I ordered the book. I'm looking forward to learning about the music.
Dirk
a great book to explore this part of the brazilian culture!
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Rui Castro, na ortografia oficial. Nasceu em 1948. Começou como repórter em 1967, no Correio da Manhã, do Rio, e passou por todos os grandes veículos da imprensa carioca e paulistana. A partir de 1990, concentrou-se nos livros. Publicou, entre muitos outros, as biografias de Carmen Miranda, Garrincha e Nelson Rodrigues, e obras de reconstituição histórica, sobre a Bossa Nova, Ipanema e o Flamengo. ...more
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