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I've noticed that the geography has maintained but the neighborhoods have changed. A particular person can effect the way we see a new place. I believe in the power of a busker, limited, mobile, listening for the mystery each place posses, falling in love over and over again, every medium matters, every contradiction, elevating dark corners, keeping both sides alive, revealing one another. I expressed the lives of these places in my album 'Drugs 'n Hymns'. I share 35mm photos of hands that have been documented in a book appropriately titled 'The Drugs 'n Hymns Hand Book.' - Rocco DeLuca
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Rocco Deluca was born in the winter in Southern California. Like other Angelenos he was surrounded by local literature, Latino art, motorcycles, film and music. His early years were spent studying the likes of Billy Holiday and Nina Simone as well as the darker and raw Delta Blues heroes of the 1920's. At the age of seven, he taught himself to play listening to these records. By the time he was a teenager, Rocco had developed the skills and the confidence to start performing for others. For the first few years, he played only specific instruments. It wasn't until later he discovered he had a voice. Street busking, clubs, theatres and festivals, Rocco has performed around the world many times over with his 1931 National by his side. His authentic and unusual lyric and voice has since garnered him international attention and acclaim. Rocco has had the good fortune to cross paths with and gain inspiration from various legends. John Lee Hooker gave DeLuca the opportunity to support his live shows. And later, Johnny Cash and June Carter were kind enough to invite him into their Hendersonville home, where values and excellence were displayed. Most recently, Deluca was recorded by and toured with Daniel Lanois, where he learned great lessons in work and experimentation. After extensive travel from Kingston to London to the deserts of Texas and California, Rocco has placed his recent stories into a collection called Drugs 'n Hymns. Sifting through failures, cities, friendships, and geographic shapes, Rocco conjured images that were documented live in a room no bigger than a closet, with some help from the Echo Park Jubilee Tambo Flower Unsung Heroes Choir. His album, Drugs 'n Hymns, is the culmination of detailed moments inspired by both the illuminated and the disturbed, unfolding into a drug deal that takes place during the Sacred Service- Always in conflict with salvation and sin, the cerebral and the bestial, light and shade. Rocco's love of contradiction is ever present. Inspired by 'religion', literature and experience, DeLuca takes the listener on a pilgrimage, a forever evolving search for salvation.
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Book Description ICON Group Books, 2011. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # MB00Z8E4XZG