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Juan Bobo History Lesson:

 Pablo Casals

Pablo Casals was the pre-eminent cellist of the first half of the 20th century, and one of the greatest cellists of all time.

He made many recordings throughout his career, of solo, chamber, and orchestral music, also as conductor, but he is perhaps best remembered for the recordings of the Bach Cello Suites he made from 1936 to 1939.

Pablo Casals’ mother was from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. He married Marta Montañez y Martinez, a Puerto Rican woman, and lived in Puerto Rico the last 17 years of his life. He made an impact in the Puerto Rican music scene by founding the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra in 1958, and the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico in 1959.

In 1956 he founded the Casals Music Festival, which continues to be held yearly in San Juan. Here is film clip, of Casals playing the Bach Suite No. 1:

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Juan Bobo the Tortured Painter

Juan Bobo is developing a new, disturbing talent. He was a child prodigy in Caguas Puerto Rico. His early portraits of Toño Bicicleta and other serial killers, won him worldwide recognition.

Bobo Bicicleta

Subsequently, Juan specialized in family portraits such as the much-beloved Cocolo de Caguas.

Mananz warrior

For a while, he drew landscapes of old San Juan and other Puerto Rican towns.

Bobo Town

In the last month however, Bobo’s work has become tortured.

He now paints lizards, rats, snakes and roaches.

Bobo Town 2

He also paints endless labyrinths of Kafkaesque despair, with empty figures walking nowhere, for all eternity. 

Bobo Town 3

All of this suggests, that Bobo should take a break from politics.

Maybe take a boys’ night out.

Whatever.

A man of Bobo’s genius should not always be suffering.

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