Rock and Roll Por Vida: Hispanics In Rock, Metal, and My Journey. By Manuel Hernandez Alzaga, Edited by Leyla Namazie
ISBN: 978-1544896984 418 pages. $24.95
Latino Collective biography book/ Hispanic & Latino book , Chicano musicology , Latinos in music book, Hispanic rock book, Latinos--Heavy metal music book, Latino Non Fiction book , Barrio life Non Fiction book
Rock & Roll Por Vida is about the author growing up in a poor Mexican immigrant family in Los Angeles and falling in love with hard rock and heavy metal music at a young age. The book looks at the cultural, social and religious aspects as well as the contributions Hispanics have made to the music over the years. Hard rock and heavy metal are very passionate forms of music, and Hispanics are very passionate people. Musicians interviewed for this project include current and former members of Blue Oyster Cult, Stryper, Quiet Riot, Ozzy, Dio, Whitesnake, Slaughter, Ted Nugent, Thin Lizzy, Hurricane, Armored Saint and the Randy Castillo Family. The author also intertwines his journey through life and how hard rock and heavy metal and his spirituality have helped him achieve many goals over the years.
Manuel Hernandez Alzaga was born in East Los Angeles and grew up in South Gate, California. He is a U.S. Army veteran and served on active duty and the National Guard from 1981 through 1992. He earned an Associate’s Degree from Riverside City College (1990), a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education (1993) and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership (2001) from the University of New Mexico. Manuel was a special education teacher, a vice principal, an elementary school principal and a commodore of a military charter school. He currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife and pets.