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    Flamenco; an Englishman’s passion.

    Publisher: - Sol y Sombra Books  (2012)
    ISBN 9780956313232
    ( First published in 2009 by Ediciones Flamenco Sapiens, Sevilla)

    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; as readers of this book will discover.

    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, usually Anglo-Saxons, 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.

    A J Linn.





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    A Time-defying heritage

    Publisher: - Ediciones Flamenco Sapiens (2011)
    ISBN  13: 978-84-9727-429-6
    Fernando Peña Soto- El Pinini (Lebrija, Seville 1863 - 1932) was a humble butcher who was patriarch to one of the biggest and most illustrious dynasties in flamenco history. (He was also the creator of a flamenco song style known as the cantiñas de Pinini)
    The branches of this family’s tree are laden with some of the greatest names of flamenco, including La Fernanda de Utrera, Miguel El Funi, Pepa de Benito, El Lebrijano and Inés Bacán.
    A time-defying heritage charts the family’s genealogical lineage from the 18th century until the present day, and it will show that the majority of the most renowned flamenco performers in Andalusia are approximating one enormous family.
    The book is illustrated with six genealogical trees that connect many of the most revered flamenco performers of the last one-hundred years and the author was allowed access to previously unpublished information because of his intimate association with the Pinini clan.
    Many of El Pinini’s descendants are still at the forefront of the flamenco scene of today, and because of the author’s close contact with them, he was able to gain access to a gypsy way of living that most people will never encounter.   
    A time-defying heritage is as much about the andalusian gypsies as it is about flamenco; it concerns their way of living, their customs and rituals, and of course, their music and dance.

    “Many people are aware of the Romany custom that declares all gypsies are cousins - this book will demonstrate that this assertion may well have some foundation”.

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    Herencia del Tiempo.

    Fernando Peña Soto- EL Pinini (Lebrija, Sevilla 1863
    - 1932) era un cantante legendario del flamenco que
    era patriarca a uno de las dinastías más grandes y más
    ilustres en la historia del flamenco.
    Los ramas de este árbol de familia son cargados con
    algunos de los nombres más grandes del flamenco,
    incluyendo La Fernanda de Utrera, Miguel EL Funi,
    Pepa de Benito e Inés Bacán .

    Este libro planea su linaje genealógico del siglo XVIII
    hasta hoy, y él demostrará que la mayoría de los
    ejecutantes más renombrados del flamenco de Andalucía
    está aproximando a una familia enorme.
    Una herencia del tiempo es tanto sobre los gitanos
    andalucian como está sobre flamenco; se refiere a
    su manera de vivir, sus costumbres y rituales, y por
    supuesto, su música y danza.
    Mucha gente está enterada del costumbre del Romaní
    que declara a todos los gitanos es primos - este libro
    demostrará que esta aserción puede manar tiene cierta
    fundación.




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