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One of the most influential and celebrated musicians of our time, Carlos Santana will sit down with L.A.’s own Cheech Marin to share the story of his life– from his humble childhood in Mexico, to his emergence in the 1960s rock underground in San Francisco and the explosion of his musical career. In his new memoir The Universal Tone, Santana’s authentic voice and unparalleled story is delivered with a level of passion and soul equal to the legendary charge of his guitar. From collaborations with other greats like Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock to Juanes, Pitbull and Lila Downs, hear the remarkable life story from a musician Rolling Stone has rated as one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

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Cheech Marin

Primarily known as an actor, a director, and a performer, Cheech Marin is also an avid art collector. His collection of Chicano art is lent to art institutions worldwide, and he has authored numerous books inspired by his collection. In addition to art books, Marin is also an author of three children’s books. His work on behalf of Latinos has been recognized with the 2000 Creative Achievement Award from the Imagen Foundation and the 1999 ALMA Community Service Award from the National Council of La Raza and Kraft Foods.


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Carlos Santana

For more than four decadesÑfrom Santana’s earliest days as a groundbreaking Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion outfit in San FranciscoÑ Carlos Santana has been the visionary force behind artistry that transcends musical genres and generational, cultural, and geographical boundaries. To date, Santana has won 10 Grammy¨ Awards, including a record-tying nine for a single project, 1999’s Supernatural as well as three Latin Grammys. Santana’s new album, Coraz—n, was released in May 2014, and is his first Latin music album of his career. The arc of Santana’s performing and recording career is complemented by a lifelong devotion to social activism and humanitarian causes.


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