Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Local Writer Pens "Supernatural" Biography for Students

Posted By on Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 11:05 AM

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Greenwood Biographies recently published local writer (and occasional BW contributor) Norman Weinstein's look at the life and career of Carlos Santana.

The biography imprint of Greenwood Publishing is an interesting one, as evidenced by the inclusion of Weinstein's contribution. They are written with the student in mind, specifically those in high school, and cover people important in United States politics, sports, history, arts, science and pop culture: Condoleeza Rice, Tiger Woods, Mother Teresa, Jack Kerouac, Langston Hughes, Oprah Winfrey, the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Jean-Michel Basquiat and more. They also explore the lives of the not-so-important, such as Miley Cyrus and Angelina Jolie.

But, there's no denying guitarist Carlos Santana's impact in the world of popular music, as he popularized a form of Latin/jazz music not many mainstream music listeners were familiar with.

Though the Santana biography may be targeted at students, don't feel like it is exclusive to them. Weinstein's offering is a good primer for anyone interested in the guitarist's life. As the back of the book reads, "it offers a comprehensive look at Santana's transitions through a variety of musical styles beyond rock, including blues, salsa, jazz and world music."

You can order any of the Greenwood Biographies from their Web site.

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