Just a plug for a great book.
I just finished Duende - a journey in search of Flamenco" by Jason Webster.
I leave you to find out what Duende is for you.
This is beautifully written (in passing) but is a record of an adventure among the 'low life' in Spain, in search of the passion that the English lack. Jason went and learned guitar, and had crazy adventures, and has recorded it so well.
My own adventures with the Gypsies in Spain is something I never wrote down yet. I didn't do the music, but somehow my mixture of fairground and circus made me acceptable for a while. I know I am kidding myself, as I may have just been popular because I had a bit of film money, and was farily open-handed with it (in search of a party). I would call it mutual exploitation and mutual respect, and leave it at that.
I'll stick a couple of photos up (the only tangible souvenir I have). Great times!
Meanwhile - congratulations to Jason for catching the ambiguity of the journey.
Great book, man.