Flamenco: An Englishman’s Passion by Tony Bryant

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ENGLISH author/writer Tony Bryant has released a new updated version of his first book.

Seven years have passed since this book first hit the streets, and the author states that when it became necessary to begin the revision of this book for this new edition, he was concerned that his basic ideas and views may have changed somewhat.

Of all the minority musical forms, flamenco is different. In spite of what is commonly believed – that the dance is the pivotal endeavour – flamenco can and does thrive without dancers, and indeed even without guitarists.

Tony Bryant makes this point well, and also leads the reader elegantly from what is generally known as commercial flamenco to authentic cante jondo, with stops in between.

The book contains some very honest and self-deprecating accounts of Tony’s occasionally fraught attempts to get through the small door that leads to the garden where he wanted to be.

There have been other books by foreigners, who attempted to enter the flamenco world with various degrees of success: Tony’s book is different, mainly because he has been an intelligent spectator with a gift for drilling down into the history of this great art with a perception and an enthusiasm bordering on the academic, and because he possesses a sense of humor that sets him apart.

Available in E-book and physical book form from www.books4spain.com and from local books stores.

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