Kin to the Wind by Moro Buddy Bohn
A Troubadour's Magical Journey around the World with No Money

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Kin to the Wind is the memoir of Moro, a gifted virtuoso guitarist and composer, who first played (and wrote his first composition) when he was six and performed his first of many concerts when he was twelve. The book recounts his journeys as he traveled the world as a troubadour, using only his guitar performances as currency. This talented former member of the world-famous New Christy Minstrels played in over 50 countries—in royal palaces, African casbahs, and even on a British warship in trade for his passage across the Indian Ocean. Bedouin smugglers took him across the Arabian Desert in their camel caravan, listening to his music beneath desert stars. While he was in Bangkok giving a command performance for Their Majesties King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit of Thailand, the U.S. military invited him to play for the troops at their jungle camps. And he became the first entertainer to perform for American forces in the Vietnam conflict. He was also the first entertainer to appear at Paul Newman's famous 1960s exclusive Hollywood discotheque, THE FACTORY, where he played nightly. He followed that with an engagement at Howard Hughes' CABARET ROOM in Las Vegas where Mr. Hughes personally came to hear him. An Italian duchess who found him performing with a street-dancing flamenco troupe of gypsies in 1961 assisted him in obtaining a visa for Algeria where he then toured—during the violent Seven Years' War—and S.A.O. terrorists captured and held him. He played for them, literally for his life, whereupon they gave him money and let him go. Moro's memoir is an account of life's magic, suffused with an almost childlike innocence in his pursuit of dreams and his belief in the goodness of people the world over.
 

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A gifted virtuoso guitarist and composer, Moro first played (and wrote his first composition!) when he was six and performed his first of many concerts when he was twelve. For years he traveled the world as a troubadour, using only his guitar performances as currency. This talented former member of the world-famous New Christy Minstrels has played in over 50 countries—in royal palaces, African casbahs, and even on a British warship in trade for his passage across the Indian Ocean. Bedouin champagne smugglers took him across the Arabian Desert in their camel caravan, listening to his music beneath desert stars. While he was in Bangkok giving a command performance for Their Majesties King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit of Thailand, the U.S. military invited him to play for the troops at their jungle camps. And he became the first entertainer to perform for American forces in the Vietnam conflict. He was also the first entertainer to appear at Paul Newman's famous 1960s exclusive Hollywood discotheque, THE FACTORY, where he played nightly. He followed that with an engagement at Howard Hughes' CABARET ROOM in Las Vegas where Mr. Hughes personally came to hear him. An Italian duchess who found him performing with a street-dancing flamenco troupe of gypsies in 1961 assisted him in obtaining a visa for Algeria where he then toured—during the violent Seven Years' War—and S.A.O. terrorists captured and held him. He played for them, literally for his life, whereupon they gave him money and let him go. During his troubadour travels, he wrote many articles that were published in the KANSAS CITY STAR-TIMES, the NEW YORK TIMES' SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT, and in the CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR. He became the subject of an international media blitz, during the 1960's (when he was known as Buddy Bohn), and he was featured in TIME magazine. He's won critical acclaim around the globe, not only for his mastery of the guitar but for his compositions as well, having won 30 consecutive ASCAP Awards. His audiences have included H.R.H. Elizabeth II of England, H.R.H. King Frederick IX of Denmark, Pablo Picasso, Greer Garson, James Cagney, Rita Hayworth, Patty Duke, Cass Elliott and Lee Marvin. Burl Ives recorded some of his songs. Those with whom he's appeared on television, or in concert, include Andy Williams, the Everly Brothers, Bread, Art Linkletter, Regis Philbin, Doc Watson, John Fahey, John McLaughlin, David Grisman, Andy Griffith, Joey Bishop, Charlie Byrd, Gary Burton, Liza Minelli, Little Richard, Pat Paulsen, Vincent Price, Pat Buttram, the Andrews Sisters and Righteous Brothers. The Moro discography includes 11 albums, several EPs and single recordings in many countries, and he now records his own works for the BUDWICK label exclusively. In 1971 he recorded his Vermouth Rondo with the LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA for Purple/EMI/Capitol Records. It became his first international radio hit and is currently in re-release. His Hosanna Blue was the world's most aired solo guitar recording from 1981-84. His Gavotte, Featherfoot, Tune the Gypsy Played, Vermouth Rondo and Trebeck Street Waltz now rotate on DIRECT TV satellite service as well as COMCAST and TIME WARNER cable services, via MUSIC CHOICE Light Classical Channel. His Esperanza has enjoyed eight years of continuous rotation at DMX Tranquility Channel where it still airs alongside his newly added Sky Tracings, Perambula, Reverie and Cloud Castles. His Sky Tracings, Amilucience, Shepherd's Tale, Esperanza, Singing Radiance, Perambula and Meridisong have been added to the rotation roster at Sirius-XM Radio Spa Channel.
 
Published April 10, 2012 by Travelers' Tales. 312 pages
Genres: Travel, Action & Adventure. Non-fiction

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