"Hey, what's up, come a little closer, I have something to tell you," God said to Cornelio. The deal was simple: God would be the silent partner in the norte o band that Cornelio had started with his best friend Ramon. Cornelio would sing and play the bajo sexto, Ramon the accordion, and God would write the songs. Cornelio agreed; he would sell his soul to God.
Success and disaster followed. The band went from playing bars in Tijuana to playing the biggest stadiums in Mexico. Women started fan clubs dedicated to their heroes Ramon and Cornelio. It seemed to Cornelio and Ramon that they had everything, but fame was a cruel mistress. Ramon and Cornelio's story has some loose parallels to a real Mexican band, but it's also the apocryphal story of the Beatles and the kids tuning up in the garage down the street.
Luis Humberto Crosthwaite is an award-winning writer, editor, and journalist who teaches at the University of Iowa. His fiction has garnered critical attention for his ability to express the complexities of living on the US/Mexico border. Among his best known books are Estrella de la Calle Sexta, Aparta de m este C liz, Idos de la Mente, Instrucciones para Cruzar la Frontera, and Tijuana: Crimen y Olvido. His translated novels are The Moon Will Forever be a Distant Love and Out of Their Minds. He is also co-editor of Puro Border: Dispatches, Snapshots, & Graffiti from the US/Mexico Border.
Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press,U.S.
Number of pages: 184
Weight: 198 g
Dimensions: 178 x 127 mm
"Wry, lyrical and frequently funny, the story of Ram n and Cornelio is indeed incredible and sometimes sad; but the music plays on and we continue to revel in it. ... A bizarre and entertaining tale of two Mexican norte o musicians guided by God--and the price they pay for their fame." -- Shelf Awareness