Tim Maia Week: Day 5 – The Corruption of Dom Pi

Big thank you to Allen Thayer for his blog takeover this week! In his final post he tells the heartwarming story of how Tim Maia recruited Dom Pi as a talented 16-year-old in a small town in Brazil… Of all the sources for my book, two were essential and comprised the bulk of the new insights into Tim’s life around this time and they were both band mates of Tim’s from this phase: Paulinho Guitarra and Dom Pi. While Paulinho had been playing with Tim for a couple years before…

Tim Maia Week: Day 4 – A Day In the Life of a Rational Culture Follower

In today’s post, Allen Thayer discusses the history and influence of Rational Culture, a cult that heavily influenced Tim Maia and his music, and shares a story of meeting with two of the cult’s followers in Brazil in 2016. In my effort to tell the most comprehensive story yet about Tim Maia’s Rational adventures, I figured I better go straight to the source and learn more about what Rational Culture is all about. In my book, I explain the origin of Rational Culture and a bit about its founder (see:…

Tim Maia Week: Day 3 – Tim & Tibério

Today, Allen Thayer continues his collection of outtakes, chapters, and stories that didn’t end up in his new book, Tim Maia’s Tim Maia Racional Vols. 1 & 2. For his third blog post of the week, Allen remembers the great Tibério Gaspar, who greatly influenced both Tim Maia and Allen himself. I’m so lucky to have met Tibério Gaspar when I did, because less than a year later, on February 15th, 2017 he died at the age of 73. When I met him during the June of 2016, I knew…

Tim Maia Week: Day 2 – Kassin’s late night with Tim Maia

This week, Allen Thayer, author of Tim Maia’s Tim Maia Racional Vols. 1 & 2 shares some of the best outtakes, chapters, and anecdotes that didn’t make the cut into the finished book. He continues with a story from musician Alexandre Kassin, who spent a spontaneous, memorable night with Tim Maia following a show in Rio de Janeiro. This anecdote from contemporary musician and producer Alexandre Kassin is just the kind of story that’s too good not to share. Kassin was the only person from the Racional Vol. 3 project (explored in great…

Tim Maia Week: Day 1 – Jamming with James Brown’s band

This week we’re excited to host author Allen Thayer for a week of exclusive outtakes from his new book on Tim Maia’s Racional Vols. 1 & 2! He starts with the tale of a jam session of legendary status – quite literally, as it seems…   My first draft of this book was twice as long as the final product. During the first pass I felt a compulsion to include EVERY story of note about Tim Maia that I came across and inevitably these incidents would shed, for me at…

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…

Getz/Gilberto Week: Day 4 – Stone Flower

Getz Gilberto

It’s publication day for Getz/Gilberto! Today Bryan McCann introduces us to a “masterpiece” album that remains little known even in Brazil, yet deserves our attention… Sometimes great things come from inauspicious beginnings. The Adventurers, a 1970 film directed by Lewis Gilbert, based on a Harold Robbins potboiler, is an agglomeration of every imaginable stereotype of brutal, exotic Latin America. Although the film is loosely based on events in the Dominican Republic, it is set in Cortoguay, a fictional country where the ragged campesino rebellion of the Mexican Revolution, the tropical splendor of…

Getz/Gilberto Week: Day 3 – Bossa, Brasília and Jet Travel

Getz Gilberto

Today, 33 1/3 Brazil author Bryan McCann explores how bossa nova links to two other important cultural developments in mid-’50s Brazil: air travel and the construction of the “airplane city”, Brasília. Bossa nova came from Rio de Janeiro—directly from its beaches, nightclubs and middle-class apartment buildings and indirectly from its downtown streets and hillside favelas. But because it emerged when it did—in the late 1950s—it is inextricably linked to two phenomena that pull it away from the specificity of Rio de Janeiro in different directions: the construction of Brasília and…

Getz/Gilberto Week: Day 2 – Bossa v. Bolsonaro

João Gilberto

Bryan McCann, author of João Gilberto and Stan Getz’s Getz/Gilberto, is guest-blogging for us all week. Today he delves into the relationship between bossa nova and politics, asking: what hope does the music hold for Brazilians in the current political climate? Getz/Gilberto was recorded in March of 1963 but not released until late February of 1964. By the time it came out, Brazil was in the midst of political crisis: tens of thousands of citizens took to the streets of Brazil’s major cities, demanding the ouster of President João Goulart. In…

Getz/Gilberto Week: Day 1 – Nothing Like The First Time

Getz Gilberto

This month we’re bringing you two new books in the Brazilian strand of our 33 1/3 Global series! The first is on João Gilberto and Stan Getz’s Getz/Gilberto with its hit single “The Girl From Ipanema”: a game-changing album, as author Bryan McCann explains… The first time I really listened to João Gilberto, as opposed to hearing him in an anodyne background setting, was as a DJ at WPRB FM in the spring of 1987. I had wangled my way into a slot early on Sunday mornings by pretending to know something about…