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A definitive biography of Manu Chao, the Che Guevara of world music.
Manu Chao? He was a pain in the arse when he was four. And he still is!
To distil the nature of Chao's elusive genius requires a bold author and a special kind of book - and Peter Culshaw has risen to the task...a compelling story, brilliantly told... By the journey's end, one is left with the satisfying conclusion that the fabulous experiences and curious explorations along the way have been more important than any imagined or real destination - for author, subject and reader alike.
Manu Chao is a nomadic non-conformist, bard of the dispossessed and pied piper of the poor ... An engaging new biography ... Culshaw does a fine job keeping track of the musician's helter-skelter movements ... he's also strong when analysing Chao's winning musical formula.
It's bloody brilliant. Really. The whole structure works really well, the storytelling is really vivid. I loved the digressions and learned plenty.
A carnival of photojournalism and trans-continental reportage ... Culshaw is a disciplined and talented biographer ... a fine story.
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