Soul Sacrifice: The Santana Story
Soul Sacrifice is the first ever biography of Carlos Santana-the most famous Latin American musician in the world. This genuine "rags to riches" story traces his life from a childhood playing Mariachi music on the streets of Tijuana, through to worldwide superstardom.
Founded on his own unique Afro-Latin-Blues guitar sound, his eponymously-named multi-racial band, emerged from the late sixities San Francisco scene and gained instant legendary status following their raptuously received set at Woodstock. Through subsequent LPs like Abraxas and Santana III, the band have gone on to sell over 35 million albums and played to millions across the globe. Carlos Santana's musical journey has also embraced a number of intriguing tangents, including complex jazz odysseys like Caravanserai and Welcome and collaborations with John McLaughlin, Alice Coltrane and Herbie Hancock.
After receiving a lifetime achievement award from Billboard magazine in 1996, Santana recently returned to the fray with his first studio album in seven years. Featuring collaborations with Lauryn Hill, Dave Matthews and Eric Clapton, Supernatural once again placed Santana at the number one spot on Billboard's US chart-as did its first single, "Smooth"-confirming the longevity of Santana's appeal.
Simon Leng has enjoyed unprecedented access to band members and associates, and most importantly Carlos Santana himself, producing a gripping portrait of a World Music pioneer who is also one of the most distinctive and influential guitarist of all time.
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Soul Sacrifice: The Santana StoryUser Review - Book Verdict
Leng, a former editor of Santana magazine, offers the first full-scale biography of guitarist Carlos Santana, known for his masterful fusing of rock, blues, jazz, salsa, funk, and reggae. Beginning with his childhood in Mexico, he traces Santana's musical development as a violinist in Tijuana with his father to his early fascination with American blues and jazz; his reluctant move to San Francisco and chance meeting with rock impresario Bill Graham, who helped him land his first performance and record contract; his 1970 masterpiece, Abraxas; his work with guitar hero John McLaughlin; his move toward fusion jazz in the 1970s and commercial pop during the 1980s; and, finally, his recent resurgence in 1999 with his multiple-Grammy-winning Supernatural, which paired him with new stars like Lauryn Hill and Rob Thomas. Through many interviews with Santana and various band members, Leng provides a solid description of Santana's career, with few surprises for the rock aficionado. This work will provide fans with a competent biography of a long-lasting and sometimes overlooked rock icon until a more in-depth study appears.--David P. Szatmary, Univ. of Washington, Seattle ...