Iconic blues rocker Carlos Santana pioneered a fusion of Latin jazz, salsa, African beats and rock’n’roll that made his self-named band produce some of the most original and influential sounds of the 60s and 70s. Along the way, he’s also taken a deep interest in meditation and Eastern philosophy, infusing his guitar playing with a spiritual side to access music’s higher purpose.
Sharing a list of 8 favorite books on his personal site, Santana’s bookshelf includes work that explores inner peace, freedom, spirituality, and love. Find his reading list below, and for further insight into his creative process, check out Carlos Santana’s Masterclass on the art and soul of guitar.
The Fifth Agreement by Don Miguel Ruiz
End Your Story, Begin Your Life by Jim Dreaver
The Book of Knowledge: The Keys of Enoch by JJ Hurtak
The Body of Light by Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki (out of print)
A Course in Miracles by Foundation for Inner Peace
A Mini Course for Life by Gerald Jampolsky and Diane Cirincione
Nothing in This Book Is True, But It’s Exactly How Things Are by Bob Frissell