Passion and Pain
The Life of Hector Lavoe
Author: Marc Shapiro
From the poverty-stricken streets of Ponce, Puerto Rico to the vibrant barrios of New York City, HECTOR LAVOE became the singer of all singers, and the driving-force behind the Salsa movement in the mid-1960s. His popularity rivaled that of his contemporaries, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco.
Behind the music, Hector's life was filled with drugs, alcohol and women. An endless stream of tragedy plagued him including: a gun-related accident that killed his son, Hector's ninth floor jump from a hotel window and his death in 1993 from AIDS.
But Hector's pristine voice, one-of-a-kind stage performances, sold-out concerts and bestselling albums were what his fans remember most and what made him an international icon. His music brought joy to legions of people, and it continues today.
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In The News
“Marc Shapiro's Passion and Pain is a matter-of-fact recount o f Lavoe's musical glory and tragic life devoid of sensational revelation to make it more sellable.” —NY Daily News
“A no-holds barred biography...” —Uptown Magazine