- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Travelers' Tales; Original edition (June 12, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1609520556
- ISBN-13: 978-1609520557
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 4.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,565,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Finalist in ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Awards in the category Performing Arts & Music
About the Author
During his troubadour travels, he wrote many articles that were published in the KANSAS CITY STAR-TIMES, the NEW YORK TIMES' SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT, and in the CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR. He became the subject of an international media blitz, during the 1960's (when he was known as Buddy Bohn), and he was featured in TIME magazine.
He's won critical acclaim around the globe, not only for his mastery of the guitar but for his compositions as well, having won 30 consecutive ASCAP Awards. His audiences have included H.R.H. Elizabeth II of England, H.R.H. King Frederick IX of Denmark, Pablo Picasso, Greer Garson, James Cagney, Rita Hayworth, Patty Duke, Cass Elliott and Lee Marvin. Burl Ives recorded some of his songs. Those with whom he's appeared on television, or in concert, include Andy Williams, the Everly Brothers, Bread, Art Linkletter, Regis Philbin, Doc Watson, John Fahey, John McLaughlin, David Grisman, Andy Griffith, Joey Bishop, Charlie Byrd, Gary Burton, Liza Minnelli, Little Richard, Pat Paulsen, Vincent Price, Pat Buttram, the Andrews Sisters and Righteous Brothers.
The Moro discography includes 11 albums, several EPs and single recordings in many countries, and he now records his own works for the BUDWICK label exclusively. In 1971 he recorded his Vermouth Rondo with the LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA for Purple/EMI/Capitol Records. It became his first international radio hit and is currently in re-release. His Hosanna Blue was the world's most aired solo guitar recording from 1981-84. His Gavotte, Featherfoot, Tune the Gypsy Played, Vermouth Rondo and Trebeck Street Waltz now rotate on DIRECT TV satellite service as well as COMCAST and TIME WARNER cable services, via MUSIC CHOICE Light Classical Channel. His Esperanza has enjoyed eight years of continuous rotation at DMX Tranquility Channel where it still airs alongside his newly added Sky Tracings, Perambula, Reverie and Cloud Castles. His Sky Tracings, Amilucience, Shepherd's Tale, Esperanza, Singing Radiance, Perambula and Meridisong have been added to the rotation roster at Sirius-XM Radio Spa Channel.
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Reading this book takes you on an amazing journey, seen through the unique eyes of Moro Buddy Bohn as he traversed the globe in the early 1960's without spending money. In the true tradition of the troubadour of yore, he earned his passage with his music and in the process had some marvelous adventures (some of them a bit scary and hair-raising, like his 'jaunt' with terrorists through the desert). He played for varied audiences -- from beggars to kings, from thugs to smugglers and pretty much every class of people imaginable. In this fashion he visited over 50 countries.
Yes, there is adventure here. And there's humor here, too. In one passage he describes the Bedouin rule of hospitality -- anyone who wanders into your camp is given guest friendship and hospitality for three days... after which the guest is expected to insist on departing. But receiving an incredibly rude 'welcome' in one such camp convinced him to insist on departing not in three days, but in three minutes!
To live the life of the troubadour as he did certainly took a lot of faith in himself and other people -- perfect strangers in strange and wondrous places! -- a lot of courage and a great deal of curiosity as well as the unshakeable passion in his music. The very idea of attempting such a course of travel is daunting. His experiences along the way were nothing short of breathtaking.
There is much to admire in a man brave enough to truly be a troubadour in the modern age, and much to admire and enjoy in reading this well-written memoir.
As the story progresses, Moro cues music he composed (or covered) which the curious reader will want to hear. This reader bought from moromusic.com a copy of Moro's CD "Pieces of Anda" which has many of the compositions mentioned in the book.
Great conversation fodder for travelers, cocktail parties, intermissions and book clubs for scenes of serendipity and for descriptions of a world just now disappearing from sight.
It is well written and I suggest reading it slowly, for you might miss an important detail or vivid description.