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Book Title: The Music of Jimmy Ojotriste|
The author of the book: Arturo Hernandez Sametier
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 414 KB
Edition: Lunita Hispanic Press
Date of issue: November 6th 2015
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Read full description of the books The Music of Jimmy Ojotriste:A romantic, vibrant odyssey through the worlds of flamenco, mariachi and street music. Jimmy is a guitar prodigy, wears hair long to cover scars, and walks with the wide swing of a drop-foot. The lanky, six foot street musician is known on the east side as “Ojotriste,” the mariachi with one sad eye—the legacy of a horrific accident that resulted in his beautiful but heartsick glass-eye.
At twenty, Jimmy is the best guitarist on the east side, but is still undocumented, disabled and living on tips. He has fallen hard for a striking, bipolar flamenca, and can't explain why his glass eye can see. Ray, the violinist in his trio, refuses to accept the cancer they have found in his bones. Vic, the trio's handsome tenor is dating a Vietnamese businesswoman, and he wants a different life. In a lyrical, absorbing coming-of-age, three desperate mariachis in a half-painted low rider race time to find love, money, miracles and meaning across L.A.'s music scene.
“Romantic in the biggest sense of the word.” Goodreads Review
“Lovely novel about young mariachis finding their place in the world, soaked in a vibrant sense of place and time. Somehow captures that feeling of being twenty and seeing the world spread before you in a way I've rarely seen portrayed well.” Goodreads Review
“Wrapped in the sights and sounds of 1970s Los Angeles, vibrant and nostalgic, Hernandez explores the complex intersections of race, love, poverty and coming of age…and through it all we are serenaded by his lyrical descriptions of the life and music of the mariachi.” Tate Hurvitz, Phd. Grossmont College Literature Dept.
“Reminded me of Mambo Kings. Definitely for music lovers and romantics. Lyrical scenes - odd and memorable characters; lots of taste and smell (the author uses food like music). Anyone interested in flamenco, mariachi, and Hispanic culture will be immersed. I learned of the book through "Las Comadres" a Latino lit reading group at our bookstore.” Goodreads Review
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Biography Arturo Hernandez-Sametier
When we bought the oldest laundry in Los Angeles, it came with an old man. He was an ex-monk, ex-merchant marine, a scrappy little man without family who slept behind the dryers since 1952. We kept him and we kept the same machines for another twenty years. I grew up in East L.A., my head stuck in the back of ancient GE washers, fighting with frozen bolts and listening to Little Joe's stories.
The Monte Vista Arms, a massive tenement across the street, kept my father busy making crosses out of old machine parts. He would tie them to pipes along the alley anytime another gang member died on our premises. The last I remember was a kid named Huero. His parents sold tamales from a barrel on the corner and they pulled him off the fence the day they cut him up and left him there.
My life has since been divided between dedication to troubled, marginalized kids, a need to tell stories and a love of music. My first book told the story of a one room school for the Clanton and First Flat's gangs of South Central – I built it when I was a 20, still a kid and with little fear. Everyone came by to help: nuns, Kentucky Fried Chicken, local cops – the universe does seem to encourage a little crazy idealism. The next book added what I had learned working with Pima and Apache gang youth in Indian Country, and then with the inner-city gangs in Boston, Oakland and Phoenix. I'm now working with Guatemalan refugee kids arriving at our borders without parents, and hoping our politics is kinder than it sounds at the moment.
Between these projects I went to college, wrote a musical with my brother (actor Marco Hernandez), had children, and bought an Ice Cream truck when my kids needed their dad to be home. My kids worked it after-school, and sometimes during, and we were the best damned Ice Cream Truck in Phoenix.
The Music of Jimmy Ojotriste has been an intense labor of several years. Like many authors, I write stories that I want to read: tales imbued with the human warmth, humor and subtle magic that has permeated my experience. This year will be about sharing this story of music, glass eyes, brujos, abuelas, amigos, locuras and illusiones.
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