Getz/Gilberto Week: Day 5 – The King Lear of Bossa Nova

87 years old, alone, fragile and in debt: in his final post, Bryan McCann reflects on how the musical genius that is João Gilberto came to meet his tragic destiny João Gilberto is the King Lear of bossa nova. As this once-majestic hero nears the end of his life, he is bereft and alone. His children bring battle against one another in the courts of law and in the press. Former allies (ex-wives, ex-girlfriends, ex-partners, and ex-lawyers arguing ex-parte) claim to represent his interests by pursuing their own. Old friends…