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With a Cuban Song in the Heart / Con una cancion cubana en el corazon (Paperback) (Ivan Acosta)

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Literary Nonfiction, Latino/Latina Studies, Art, Music. Double Compact Disc Edition. WITH A CUBAN SONG IN THE HEART | CON UNA CANCIÓN CUBANA EN EL CORAZÓN features the artwork from 280 album covers from Iván Acosta's collection of over 5,000 long-playing discs—a collection which hangs in the living room of his New York City home and which includes the two albums that he and his sister smuggled out of Cuba on that August 28th, 1961; and by which he weaves a story of real life passages from his childhood in Santiago de Cuba and "tidbits of history that lay dormant in those album covers," local lore and landmark events. "Not a novel of politics, not a history of Cuban music, not an autobiography, but an anecdotal and musical journey of a soul,""a Cuban, an exile, a Cuban- American" liberated by and with the music. A double album compilation on Un-Gyve Records, packaged as a CD or in an alternate vinyl LP edition, and an exhibition of the album artwork coincides with the publication of WITH A CUBAN SONG IN THE HEART, which includes both the English and Spanish versions of the text.

The 12.5 x 12.5 card-cover book is 162 pages with 290 full colour illustrations, with an introduction by Wall Street Journal contributor and JazzWax founder, journalist and historian, Marc Myers.

"A book about love: love for a nation that does not allow itself to be destroyed; love for traditions that cannot be lost; love for music so universal that no one can silence it."—Ileana Fuentes

"Rich in sentiment, anecdote and history...I recommend it with enthusiasm."—Oscar Hijuelos

"With this book, Iván Acosta takes us by the hand on a musical and historical journey."—Mirta Ojito

"...only minutes to gather your things. What would you grab to remind you of the life you left behind? A doll? A toy? A ring? Iván reached for two 12- inch long-playing records, one by Luis Bravo and the other by Ramón Veloz. To take records is both an amazing and fabulous choice. It's a simultaneous act of remembrance and revenge."—Marc Myers
Number of Pages: 179
Genre: Music
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Small Pr Distribution
Author: Ivan Acosta
Language: Spanish
Street Date: November 15, 2016
TCIN: 52239666
UPC: 9780982919873
Item Number (DPCI): 248-44-2123
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