Spain: Memoirs of a Eurovision star

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The Spanish singer Karina has published a book of memories. She gave some details about it during an interview in a Spanish television show.

Karina has come a long way. She is part of the collective memory of the Spaniards. An icon of an era of the Spanish music. Her name and her songs are a commemoration of that era. Her career is a succession of exploits; just to mention a couple of them, she achieved a celebrated 2nd place for Spain in the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest and her song El baúl de los recuerdos has not yet (and probably will never be) forgotten. The song is a nostalgic poem that speaks of looking back on the past times and digging up the memories of the good old days.

You would think that Karina has taken the message of her own song to the letter, as she has published a book recounting her memoirs of the 60s and the 70s. Those were the days when Karina reached the top of her fame and which earned her the status she holds in the Spanish music history.

The artist visited the studio of a Spanish television show to speak about her this publication. According to Karina, the book starts at my arrival from Jaén to Madrid when I was 14 and when a new world began. I never searched for it. It was a gift from life. These words are a clear reference to her entry for the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest, En un mundo nuevo (which in Spanish means in a new world).

The book stops the recount of Karina’s facts and deeds in 1978. The period she covers is recalled by her with affection and a twinge of nostalgia.

Perhaps some of Karina’s words during the interview could be printed on the back-cover of her memoirs as the summary of her story: It was a world of light. I want the people to remember that I am neither greater nor less relevant. I am just a singer who worked hard and sold many albums.

Her story is not over yet…

Karina reached the second place for Spain with En un mundo nuevo in the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest.

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