Monday, October 19, 2009


All I could see was an ocean of flesh and hair and teeth.

---Carlos Santana

On August 16, 1969 a little known band from San Francisco, Santana, performed at Woodstock. It became one of the most successful international debuts in popular music history. Santana's music was a a fusion of rock, blues, and Afro Cuban percussion---a fresh hybrid, but far from the first. In fact, the story of how Santana’s sound came to be stretches back decades to before [the time] these musicians and their audience were born…

---Jimmy Smits, narrator of Latin Music USA, opening of episode 1

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