Presenting Celia Cruz

Presenting Celia Cruz
Random House, Inc.
Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso lived a life larger than most. In a career that spanned fifty years and produced more than 70 albums—including a bounty of gold and platinum records—five Grammys, two Latin Grammys, and countless hit songs, she joyfully introduced her tropical beats and the soulful sounds of Latin music to audiences around the world.

Presenting Celia Cruz celebrates the woman, the artist, the diva, the friend, the mentor—the many facets of Celia’s extraordinary life—through the lens of accomplished photographer Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte, her longtime friend. Rodriguez-Duarte shares many never before published images and recounts the intimate stories of their unique fifteen-year collaboration and friendship, from quiet backstage moments to explosive live performances. Remembrances from fellow artists, including David Byrne, Cristina Saralegui, Annie Lennox, and Jennifer Lopez, along with specially commissioned essays by Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Lydia Martin, and Liz Balmaseda, round out this remarkable contemporary portrait of La Reina de la Salsa.

As vibrant and surprising as Celia herself, Presenting Celia Cruz is a poignant and glorious tribute to a brilliant life and a legendary performer.

Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso vivió una vida mucho más llena que la mayoría. En una carrera que cubrió cincuenta años y produjo más de setenta discos, incluyendo muchos discos de oro y de platino, cinco Grammys, dos Grammys Latinos, e incontables éxitos, Celia llevó con placer los ritmos tropicales y la voz conmovedora de la música latina a todos los públicos alrededor del mundo.

Presenting Celia Cruz celebra la mujer, la artista, la diva, la amiga, la consejera—las muchas facetas de la extraordinaria vida de Celia—a través del lente del fotógrafo de talento Alexis Rodríguez-Duarte, su amigo de muchos años. Rodríguez-Duarte comparte con los admiradores de Celia muchas imágenes inéditas hasta ahora y cuenta anécdotas íntimas de la singular colaboración y amistad de ambos durante quince años, desde momentos de quietud entre bastidores, hasta explosivas actuaciones en la escena; recuerdos de otros artistas, como David Byrne, Cristina Saralegui, Annie Lennox, y Jennifer Lopez; junto con ensayos, especialmente comisionados para este libro, de Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Lydia Martin, y Liz Balmaseda, que redondean este notable retrato contemporáneo de la Reina de la Salsa.

Vibrante y sorprendente como la misma Celia, Presenting Celia Cruz es un tributo esplédido y conmovedor de una vida brillante y una artista legendaria.

With quotes from testimonios de Marc Anthony, Sully Bonnelly, David Byrne, Cachao, Willy Chirino, Oscar de la Renta, Paquito D’Rivera, Alejandro Fernández, Andy Garcia, Olga Guillot, Beatriz Hernández, Pedro Knight, Patti LaBelle, Annie Lennox, Lissette, Jennifer Lopez, Lucrecia, Manolo, Thierry Mugler, Johnny Pacheco, Omer Pardillo Cid, Chita Rivera, Eddie Rodriguez, Narciso Rodriguez, Rosario, Cristina Saralegui, Bruce Weber & Nan Bush, and Mauricio Zeilic.

Baker & Taylor
Presents photographs by a fashion photographer who was a longtime friend of the Queen of Salsa along with essays and information about her costumes, her working habits, her relationships with other people, and other aspects of her life.

Publisher: New York : Clarkson Potter, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 1400082021
Branch Call Number: B Cruz R
Characteristics: 150 p. : ill., (chiefly col.) ; 31 cm.


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