The Life, Music, and Times of Carlos Gardel

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University of Pittsburgh Pre, Dec 15, 1986 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
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In the first biography in English of the great Argentinian tango singer Carlos Gardel (1890-1935), Collier traces his rise from very modest beginnings to become the first genuine “superstar” of twentieth-century Latin America. In his late teens, Gardel won local fame in the barrios of Buenos Aires singing in cafes and political clubs. By the 1920s, after he switched to tango singing, the songs he wrote and sang enjoyed instant popularity and have become classics of the genre. He began making movies in the 1930s, quickly establishing himself as the most popular star of the Spanish-language cinema, and at the time of his death Paramount was planning to launch his Hollywood career.

Collier's biography focuses on Gardel's artistic career and achievements but also sets his life story within the context of the tango tradition, of early twentieth-century Argentina, and of the history of popular entertainment.
 

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The title of this study is a giveaway to its contents: worthy, comprehensive, and ponderous. In recording the life of Gardel, an Argentinian singer who popularized the tango in France, Spain, and the ... Read full review

Contents

1 The Boy from Toulouse 18901911
3
2 The GardelRazzano Duo 19111918
27
3 Birth of the Tango Song 19171925
55
4 Tango Star 19251930
89
5 The Singer and the Song
131
6 Paris and Buenos Aires 19301933
173
7 New York 19331935
215
8 Fateful Journey 1935
247
9 Legend
271
Notes
301
References
321
Index
325
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Simon Collier was reader in history at the University of Essex, England.

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