May 16, 2016
Voices Of Latin Rock: The E-Mix is an exciting, in-depth look at the Latin Rock world. It is packed with interviews and features with luminaries such as Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie, Michael Shrieve, new and old members of the Santana band. This e-book is crammed with rare and historic photographs, many never seen before. This writing is the last word on this little-known but culturally importance musical vanguard. It examines the clubs, the racial make-up, the musical influences and the turmoil of this historically valid music. In many cases, the chapters delve into the darker world of heavy drugs and the attendant problems that many of the musicians ran into.
All at once, a barrage of musical and artistic riches exploded from the Mission District and across the East Bay in Oakland. Santana led the vanguard of a new Latin rock and soul scene. Sly Stone was happening, Tower Of Power and the Oakland funk situation and the whole East Los Angeles Latino-soul scene was also gestating.
The initial success of the Voices Of Latin Rock tome ten years ago, gave me the further impetus to publish this further e-book. Many of these musicians are world-class in attitude and musicality. Some reached the top of the US music tree commercially, some are still active in the business, some less so. I make no distinctions here; they are all united by a unique passion and a cultural enmeshment that gave the music a unique and tight urban drive...
Voices Of Latin Rock. –The E-Mix is Jim McCarthy’s considered follow up to his first authored book Voices Of Latin Rock published ten years ago. It is a companion too and an enlargement on the information contained in the first book. This further e-tome is the most in-depth information available on that heady and exhilarating time in the San Franciscan Bay Area locales and beyond.
The first book Voices Of Latin Rock was first published by Hal Leonard in the USA. It is the first book to examine in depth, Santana, Latin Rock culture and the Mission District of San Francisco from where this nascent political and musical art form emerged.
This innovative book has resulted in a series of on-going shows in San Francisco promoting Autism Awareness and has been given further credence by appearances by Carlos Santana, the original Santana band, Taj Mahal, Malo, Los Lobos, Sheila E, the political activist Dolores Huerta, Azteca, War, Sly Stone, George Clinton and many others.