Details the major aspect of Brazilian popular music and its relation to the formation of national identity in Brazil including a wealth of in-depth musical history about such sub-genres as choro, bahia, bossa nova, axe music, Brazilian jazz, and a retrospective on leading musicians. There are extensive portraits on great singers, composers like Antonio Carlos Jobim ("Girl from Ipanema"), and Americans such as Lyle Mays, Herbie Mann who have long been associated with Brazil's music.
John Krich's travel and sports writing, reportage and fiction, have appeared in Mother Jones, Vogue, Sports Illustrated, the Village Voice, Image, Commentary, California, The New York Times and many others. His novel on the private life of Fidel Castro, A Totally Free Man, won a Special Citation, PEN/Ernest Hemingway Award. He leaves his luggage in San Francisco.