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Ritchie Valens: The First Latino Rocker Paperback – January 1, 1987
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With that said, the content about Valens' family was insightful and helped explain the significance of Valens' crossing over to the mainstream. I also appreciated the info about the band, "The Silhouettes," and how it nurtured Valens' musical growth (I don't remember Bob Keane's autobiography even mentioning "The Silhouettes!"). An informative discography was included, as were many well selected pictures.
However, in an effort to add pages, the book seemed to be "padded" with any information that was remotely related to - and not necessarily about - Valens. For example, there are THREE chapters of stories behind the songs, and only one, maybe two, that concentrate on his upbringing and musical development. There's also an entire chapter about tribute songs and other acknowledgments by other artists. The author even counts her introduction as the first chapter of the book!
I'm not discounting any of the information. I appreciate what is presented. My observations are more about the presentation and organization of the book. Perhaps a more precise title would inform the reader as to the direction and content of the book. In some ways, "The First Latino Rocker" reads like a university dissertation.
I recommend this book highly, especially for musicians, and those interested in his life and story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book. This gives us more than a glimpse of the young Rockers life and origins as well as his tragic endingPublished 15 months ago by George Basulto
Book is just as described. Looks almost brand new. There was maybe one note made on one page noting a date and no other marks.Published on November 25, 2013 by cassie
i got this book hoping to know the real Ritchie. its more like a text book with the breaking down of all of his music. Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by Jessica M Perez