Bossa Nova Pioneer João Gilberto Dead at 88

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João Gilberto, the legendary Brazilian guitarist, singer and songwriter, has died at the age of 88. The musician is considered one of the pioneers of bossa nova—a fusion of samba and jazz—helping to popularize the music in his native Brazil in the Fifties and Sixties as well as export it to the world at large.

Over the years Gilberto worked with artists ranging from Herbie Mann to Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil. But he will likely be most remembered for his 1964 collaboration with American saxophonist Stan Getz, Getz/Gilberto, which featured their version of Antônio Carlos Jobim’s “The Girl From Ipanema.” 

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.