Passion and Pain by Marc Shapiro
The Life of Hector Lavoe

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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. Marc Shapiro's Passion and Pain is "A no-holds barred biography..." (Uptown Magazine) of a fascinating life.

About Marc Shapiro

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Marc Shapiro is the NY Times best-selling author of J.K. Rowling: The Wizard Behind Harry Potter, Justin Bieber: The Fever! and many other best-selling celebrity biographies. He has been a free-lance entertainment journalist for more than twenty-five years, covering film, television, and music for a number of national and international newspapers and magazines.
Published June 26, 2007 by St. Martin's Griffin. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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