Deborah Santana is best known for her marriage to music icon Carlos Santana–a thirty-year bond that endures to this day. But as a girl growing up in San Francisco in the 1960s, daughter of a white mother and a black father–the legendary blues guitarist Saunders King–her life was charged with its own drama long before she married.
In this beautiful, haunting memoir, Deborah Santana shares for the first time her early experiences with racial intolerance, her romantic involvement with musician Sly Stone and the suffering she endured in that relationship, and her adventures in the freewheeling 1960s. Yet it is her spiritual awakening that is the core of this story. The civil rights movement was the foundation of her growth, the Woodstock era the backdrop of her love with Carlos. The couple was drawn indelibly together by a search for truth and spirituality, but while yearning to be filled with God’s light, they were pulled dangerously toward a manipulative cult. They eventually disengage themselves from the guru and reclaim control of their lives, putting their love for each other before the cult’s increasingly strenuous demands.
Space Between the Stars is a moving account of self-discovery, rendered in raw, beautiful prose, by a woman whose heart has remained pure even in times of despair. As Deborah Santana talks frankly about her lifelong fight against racial injustice and her deep-seated loyalty to her family, ultimately it is the struggle to remain a spiritual and artistic force in her own right, in the shadow of one of the world’s most revered musicians, that shines through as her most indomitable pursuit.
Deborah Santana is Vice President and COO of the New Santana Band, Inc. and has been managing the Santana Band full time with Carlos Santana, the CEO/Band Leader since 1994. She is also Vice President of the Milagro Foundation, which was started in 1998 by the Santana family and which has given almost $2 million to charities and agencies that support children and youth in the areas of health, education and the arts. She has been married since 1973 to GRAMMY®-winning, Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame musician Carlos Santana.
In 2000 she received the UCLA César E. Chávez Spirit Award, which honors individuals who have continued to pursue Chávez's vision of social justice and in 2004 Santana was the recipient of a "Women of Distinction" Award from the Marin Soroptimist Organization for her leadership and work with the Milagro Foundation.
She and Carlos live in San Rafael, CA with their three children.