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Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Carlos Santana, the legendary Mexican-American guitarist and songwriter, reveals his turbulent life story with astonishing intimacy, accompanied by previously unseen archive performances of many of his best-known tunes. These range from Evil Ways and Black Magic Woman to the massive hits from his later Supernatural album. Santana recounts to director Jeremy Marre the abuse and struggle of his early years, the invention of Latin rock in San Francisco, his triumph at Woodstock, his involvement with jealous guru Sri Chinmoy and guitarist John McLaughlin, and the rollercoaster years that followed.

This frank and very personal depiction of a remarkable forty-year career, fuelled by his 'angels and demons', is illustrated with behind-the-scenes footage uncovered for the first time, interviews with former members of the band, producers and musicians, and many performances from the early 70s that depict his unmistakable guitar style.

Contributors include members of the Santana band, music industry executive Clive Davis, producer David Rubinson, guitarist John McLaughlin, Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, Santana family members and other musical collaborators.

Last on

Mon 6 Aug 2012 02:00 BBC Four

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    BBC Radio 4: Today Programme: Santana: 'We were yearning for change'

    Carlos Santana, the Mexican born guitar-playing rock star, has been strumming his way around the world for over 40 years. Listen as Arts Editor Will Gompertz caught up with him and asked him about the moment he first came into public consciousness at the Woodstock festival in 1969.

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Credits

Producer
Jeremy Marre
Producer
Jeremy Marre
Director
Jeremy Marre
Director
Jeremy Marre
Executive Producer
Mark Cooper
Executive Producer
Mark Cooper

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