Queens of Havana

The Amazing Adventures of Anacaona, Cuba's Legendary All-Girl Dance Band
Product Number: EB00641425
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780802199102
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
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"This evocative memoir is a joyous, rhythmic history" of the 11-sister dance band that broke musical and cultural barriers in 1930s Cuba and beyond (Publishers Weekly). In the 1930s, Havana was the place to be for tourists, ex-pats, celebrities, and excitement-seekers. Nights were filled with drinking, dancing, romance, and the roar of infectious music spilling from cafes into the streets. It was a time and place immortalized by Hemingway, and a macho mecca where only men took the stage. That is until Alicia Castro, a thirteen-year-old greengrocer's daughter, picked up a saxophone and led her sisters into the limelight. With infectious melodies and saucy lyrics, the Sisters Castro-professionally known as Anacaona-became a dance-band of irresistible force. In her jubilant memoir, Queens of Havana, Alicia Castro tells of her incredible rise beyond her native city, to international stardom-swinging alongside legends from Dizzy Gillespie and Celia Cruz to Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway. In an age that insisted women be seen and not heard, Alicia Castro and her unstoppable sisters grabbed the world by the ears and got it dancing to their beat. At eighty-seven-years old, Alicia's stories are intoxicating and gloriously punctuated with more than 100 vintage photos, posters, and other memorabilia in a book that "reverberates with exotic echoes of a fabulous long-ago era" (Publishers Weekly).

Original Publish Date: Dec 01, 2007

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