Ry Cooder caused an international sensation when he introduced the world to Cuba's son musicians with his 1997 CD Buena Vista Social Club. The CD, which met with extraordinary critical and popular success, went on to win a Grammy, and helped fuel America's current love affair with Latin music.
1999 Wim Wenders released his documentary of the same name, in which
he profiles the legendary Buena Vista Social Club musicians, recording
their experiences as they perform in Cuba and abroad, eventually appearing
at New York's Carnegie Hall. Hailed as "splendid ... a sheer delight"
(New York Post), "glowing-embers documentary " (Washington
Post) and "more incisive introduction to the peculiar world of
Buena Vista than any live performance could provide" (The New York
Observer), the film helped immortalize both the music and its now-famous
practitioners who had been living in near poverty, all but forgotten
in their own country.
Taken during the filming of the documentary, these images are as enigmatic,
sensual, and haunting as the music they celebrate. Included here are
portraits of the artists themselves - including Compay Segundo, Ibrahim
Ferrer, and Ruben Gonzales - recording and perfon-ning their magical
The perfect companion for fans of the CD and the movie, this magnificently
produced volume also stands alone as a visual treat for anyone with
a fascination for Cuba and its incredible, enchanting music.