Tropicana Nights, Rosa Lowinger, Ofelia Fox, Hardcover

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Hardcover Book - In English only. Ex Library book that looks that it was never read. Clean as coming out of the print shop.
It was to Havana what the Moulin Rouge was to Paris or the Blue Note to New York. The brightest jewel in 1950s Cuban nightlife, Tropicana was a "paradise under the stars" where you could gamble, hear the finest mambo and jazz musicians, and ogle the extravagantly risque floorshows. Nat "King" Cole played Tropicana; so did Josephine Baker. Americans-celebrities and suburbanites both-were drawn to its kinetic sensuality and tropical setting. And Tropicana remained a uniquely Cuban institution; unlike most Havana nightclubs, it operated free from the American mob's control. Journalist Rosa Lowinger and Ofelia Fox, widow of Tropicana's last owner, vividly portray the cultural richness and roiling social problems of pre-Revolutionary Cuba and take the reader on an intimate insider's tour of one of the world's most glamorous venues at its most brilliant moment."

HardcoverPublisher: Houghton
Publication Year: 2005 Language: English ISBN:

9780151012244

435 Pages , Size. 6 X 9

Tropicana opened in 1939 at Villa Mina, a six-acre suburban Havana estate with lush tropical gardens. It's still going strong, after a number of setbacks, not the least of which was Fidel Castro's squelching of nightlife and other social outlets. After Martin Fox took over in 1950, choreographer Roderico "Rodney" Neyra staged spectacular shows in the club's newly constructed Arcos de Cristal, parabolic concrete arches and glass walls soaring over an indoor stage. Headliners included Josephine Baker, Nat King Cole, Celia Cruz, Xavier Cugat and Carmen Miranda; and celebrity visitors ranged from Brando and Durante to Hemingway and Piaf. Tracing the evolution of this "paradise under the stars" against the backdrop of Cuban culture, politics in pre-Castro Cuba and mob connections, journalist Lowinger (Latina) interweaves the personal stories of Fox and his widow, playwright-teacher Ofelia Fox, who recalls, "It was a life set to music. What could be better?" The superb talents of Cuban music's Golden Age were resurrected in the Oscar-nominated film Buena Vista Social Club (1998), but Lowinger's scintillating chronicle offers an overview-not found in that film-of the florid, splashy era when "Cuba was an endless party, and Tropicana was its epicenter." Photos., PRAISE FOR TROPICANA NIGHTS "An entertaining and vividly written book rich with anecdotes and history, Tropicana Nights is not only an homage to the glory days of Havana night-life in pre-Castro Cuba and the wondrous people who made it possible, but provides the reader with an exciting and detailed portrait of that most famous of venues. It's a book that will please all readers interested in the history of music and of Cuba itself."--Oscar Hijuelos, PRAISE FORTROPICANA NIGHTS "An entertaining and vividly written book rich with anecdotes and history,Tropicana Nightsis not only an homage to the glory days of Havana night-life in pre-Castro Cuba and the wondrous people who made it possible, but provides the reader with an exciting and detailed portrait of that most famous of venues. It's a book that will please all readers interested in the history of music and of Cuba itself."--Oscar Hijuelos Lccn 2005-002398

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