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Carlos Santana was born in 1947 in a small village in Mexico. Over the years he became one of the legends of rock and roll music. In this book you will read about his passion for music, about how he swapped the violin for the guitar, about his move from Mexico to the USA and about the great breakthrough he had with his band at the 1969 Woodstock festival in New York.
On the basis of quotes from Santana, which open every chapter both in Spanish and in English, the story of his life is told. The ups and downs he encountered and the passion, tenacity and good luck that made him succeed. The book concludes with a list of the major successes of his 40-year carreer.

For those who would like to enjoy some of Santana's music whilst reading, here is a link to a video of his  performance with his band at Woodstock in 1969: Santana Soul Sacrifice Woodstock. The song 'Soul Sacrifice' that they play here also features in the book.

Is this book suitable for you? You can read the first chapter by clicking on the pages on the left-hand side. If you can read this chapter fairly easily this book is the right one for you.

This book contains a glossary Spanish-English.


For teachers

This book is suitable for more intermediate students, level A2, but because of its many cognates it is an easy book to read. With the help of the Spanish-English glossary at the end of the book, this book can be read individually. 
Of course it can also be used in your classes, in which case before and after reading activities will enhance interest and comprehension. A lot of Santana's music can be found on Youtube or on the oficial Santana website, always a success with teenagers.
In 2019 it will be 50 years since the original Woodstock festival, so there will be a lot of publicity on those first performances. Santana, who is still performing to this day, will surely have his share in the limelight.


Classroom set 

If you would like to order a set of books for use in your class we can offer a discount of 10% for a minimum of 20 copies of the same title. Please order timely and by e-mail as our supplies are limited. Delivery of larger quantities will take two to three weeks.

Note: All the materials are copyright protected, which means that it is not permitted to make copies for use in the classroom.

Author: Ben Lev
Year of publication: 2017
Number of pages: 132 (including glossary)
ISBN: 978-1-945956-44-7
Illustrated: Yes
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