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Harry

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Books about Flamenco 

I was wondering if someone could recommend books about flamenco. The only ones I have are Paco's biography and the Pohren book.

Any kind of historical, biography or even a work of fiction that is about flamenco would be great.
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Ramon Amira

 

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RE: Books about Flamenco (in reply to Harry

"The Flamencos of Cadiz Bay." Gerald Howson. Highly recommended.

"The Flamenco Guitar." David George.

"The Wind Cried." Paul Hecht.

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sean65

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RE: Books about Flamenco (in reply to Harry

Harry,

I read an unusual account recently in this book. It was only one chapter on flamenco but very interesting.

http://www.foroflamenco.com/tm.asp?m=155892&p=1&tmode=1&smode=1
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Harry

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RE: Books about Flamenco (in reply to Harry

Awesome Sean and Ramon thank you!

I think I have found another one to add here. I can't believe I had never heard of this one.

Lives and Legends of Flamenco by Pohren as well.

Time to hit the online stores and libraries.

H
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Richard Jernigan

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RE: Books about Flamenco (in reply to Harry

"La Niña de los Peines--El mundo flamenco de Pastora Pavon" by Cristina Cruces Roldán is a detailed artistic biography, with a lot of sidelights on the scene in Spain during the first half of the 20th century.

"Mundo y Formas del Flamenco" by the distinguished singer Antonio Mairena and the scholar Ricardo Molina is a classic. Like just about anything written about flamenco, it has engendered controversy.

"Las mil y un historias de Pericón de Cádiz¨ by Jose Luis Ortiz Nuevo is a charming little book of stories told by the great singer and story teller to Ortiz.

I try to read a little Spanish every day to keep the language alive in my brain.

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mrMagenta

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RE: Books about Flamenco (in reply to Harry

Flamenco Project

Very nice photos, accompanied by texts about village flamenco and the wave of (mostly) american seekers who came to places like moron etc. Goes well with Pohrens book.
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mark indigo

 

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RE: Books about Flamenco (in reply to mrMagenta

what about Paco Sevilla's books? one on Paco, one on Carmen Amaya, one on Silverio...?
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Pimientito

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RE: Books about Flamenco (in reply to mark indigo

Pohren did a third book called "The art of Flamenco" Long out of print and hard to find though. I can also recommend "in search of the firedance" by James Woodall.

In Spanish there are many classic works. Try checking out "mundo y formas del cante flamenco" by Ricardo Molina and Antonio Mairena. Also"memoria del Flamenco" by Felix grande

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Kate

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RE: Books about Flamenco (in reply to Harry

In English Robin Tottons book "Song of the Outcasts" is an interesting and personal study of flamenco and the artists.

I agree with above poster Flamenco Project is a wonderful book, gorgeous pictures and interesting articles.

In Spanish "Flamencos de Gañanía" is excellent.

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Richard Jernigan

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RE: Books about Flamenco (in reply to mark indigo

quote:

ORIGINAL: mark indigo

what about Paco Sevilla's books? one on Paco, one on Carmen Amaya, one on Silverio...?


I've read "Queen of the Gypsies", Sevilla's book about Carmen Amaya. I recommend it highly. Unfortunately it seems to be out of print, and used book dealers are asking insane prices--about $300 USD. If all the out print books I own are priced like this, I'm sitting on a gold mine!

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Doitsujin

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RE: Books about Flamenco (in reply to Harry

I think there is no book on the market that is up to date about flamenco. All dusty old stuff..

The best book you can have about flamenco is this foro. But you need to stick with it. Over time you´ll learn all details. (And as positive side effect you become resistant to ugly jokes. Thats good for your character )
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Harry

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RE: Books about Flamenco (in reply to Harry

Thanks again to you all!

As Richard points out, some of these books are hard to get because they are long out of print.

Does anyone have experience with The Bold Strummer Ltd.? They seem to carry many books on flamenco including some that are out of print?

I have already ordered a few of these great suggestions, and I agree Doitsujin, this forum already has been an incredible resource. I should have joined up years ago.
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Paul Magnussen

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RE: Books about Flamenco (in reply to Richard Jernigan

I believe Paco Sevilla's books are still available, he's just bad at marketing. Let me know if you want to buy any of them and I'll see what I can manage (he used to be my wife's teacher).

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mark74

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RE: Books about Flamenco (in reply to Harry

I know this isn't what you asked, but some books about medieval Spanish history (and the relationship between the Moors of Al Andalus and the Hispano-Roman/Celtiberian Christians) give a cultural context to the world of flamenco thats indispensible
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Paul Magnussen

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RE: Books about Flamenco (in reply to Harry

quote:

Does anyone have experience with The Bold Strummer Ltd.?


I've just spoken to Nick at The Bold Strummer. You can order straight from them at boldstrummerltd.com. Click Catalog and then The World of Flamenco. The books that are going for a fortune on Amazon, they have at normal prices.

Lives and Legends does seem to be out of print, though.

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Richard Jernigan

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RE: Books about Flamenco (in reply to Paul Magnussen

Just got this email from Bold Strummer, about Paco Sevilla's "Searching for Silverio":

"I regret that we are no longer handling 'Silverio, as our supplier has proven to be unreliable.
We are about to remove it from our web site. I hope no inconvenience has been caused.

Best wishes

Nicholas Clarke"

...but www.flamencoconnection.com seems to have it. We'll see.

RNJ
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aloysius

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RE: Books about Flamenco (in reply to Harry

A great one I've been getting into:

"Historia de la Guitarra Flamenca" by Norberto Torres.

It starts with the earliest known history of flamenco guitar, through to modern day players (it was written in 2005).

I've tried to read Felix Grande's stuff but my Spanish isn't good enough - a lot of it was going over my head.

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RE: Books about Flamenco (in reply to Harry

Hi! I`ve just bought a marvellous book called HISTORIA SOCIAL DEL FLAMENCO by Alfredo Grimaldos. He`s a very experienced flamenco writer and critic.
As the title says, the books deals with the social conditions of the flamenco performers. There are a lot of interesting stories, from the "El Cabrero" law problems, a great story about a young Antonio Mairena forced to sing "Cara al Sol" (An unnofficial Franco`s anthem) "por Bulerías" at gunpoint, the Paco de Lucia`s pain with the Jose Candado´s false accusations at the time of Camaron´s death, etc etc. Altought I live in Argentina, a spanish-speaking country (you must have guessed by reading my chip n´dale english jaja) there is very difficult to obtain flamenco books. This one is the only "new" book i could buy in stores. Everything else is luck and time in flea markets, second hand shops and alikes. That way, i got some nice treasures like "Flamencologia" of Climent and "Memoria del Flamenco" by Felix Grande
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el carbonero

 

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RE: Books about Flamenco (in reply to Harry

-Las confesiones de Antonio Mairena
-De los moriscos a la zambomba de Jerez with an intersting theory about the from of the gypsies.
-the book about manuel torre write by juan de plata

and many others
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marduk

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RE: Books about Flamenco (in reply to Harry

if you like short novels. I enjoyed "duende" by jason webber. was interesting to hear about flamenco from a foreigner like myself, but he has a very strong understanding of the language used in flamenco (which was very interesting for me)

its a nice story with a good ending
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RE: Books about Flamenco (in reply to Harry

Flamenco: Gypsy Dance and Music of Andalusia. A series of essays (by a group of German scholar-aficionados) edited by Claus Schreiner. Amadeus Press, Portland, Oregon. First printed in German, 1985; English in paperback, 1996.
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RE: Books about Flamenco (in reply to Harry

quote:

Lives and Legends of Flamenco by Pohren


Hello Harry do you have this book_ is it possible to send it to me please if not can you send me where i can find it on line ; Thank you very much !!!
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RE: Books about Flamenco (in reply to marduk

quote:

if you like short novels. I enjoyed "duende" by jason webber. was interesting to hear about flamenco from a foreigner like myself, but he has a very strong understanding of the language used in flamenco (which was very interesting for me)

its a nice story with a good ending


Having lived in Granada and taken lessons there, I thought it a very poor and inaccurate device of shoddy imagination. You can search here for other opinions.

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