Brazilian Sound: Samba, Bossa Nova and the Popular Music of Brazil

Brazilian Sound: Samba, Bossa Nova and the Popular Music of Brazil

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by Chris McGowan, Ricardo Pessanha
     
 
First published in 1991, this encyclopedic survey of Brazilian music covers samba, MPB, jazz and instrumental music, bossa nova, and tropical rock, as well as the music of Bahia, the Northeast, and neo-Afro trends. Over 150 photos, glossary, bibliography, and an extensive discography complement the author's panoramic description of the Brazil's music scene.

Overview

First published in 1991, this encyclopedic survey of Brazilian music covers samba, MPB, jazz and instrumental music, bossa nova, and tropical rock, as well as the music of Bahia, the Northeast, and neo-Afro trends. Over 150 photos, glossary, bibliography, and an extensive discography complement the author's panoramic description of the Brazil's music scene.

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Two new books on popular music present contrasting approaches to the diverse world of Hispanic music. Aparicio's (Spanish and American culture, Univ. of Michigan) work, aimed at an academic audience, deals with salsa and Puerto Rican culture in a feminist context. McGowan, targeting a general audience, presents a comprehensive history of popular music in Brazil. Aparicio analyzes salsa, boleros, and other popular musical forms in terms of cultural issues (race, gender, class), drawing on her own experiences, and those of typical listeners, to explore these issues. Readers may find their views on salsa altered by reading this book. A recommended choice for academic Hispanic studies collections and for music collections with a strong Hispanic emphasis. McGowan and Pessanha here update their original edition (Billboard Bks., 1991), bringing their extensive experience writing on Brazilian popular music for Billboard and other magazines to this extensive survey covering local jazz and rock as well as better-known forms. The accessible writing style and lavish use of illustrations help achieve the authors' goal of inspiring interest in this music. Updates cover recent music and musicians, provide more social analysis, and expand the discography to 1000 titles, adding much to the original edition. The best work on the topic, this is recommended for both academic and public library music collections.James E. Ross, WLN, Seattle
Carlos Suarez
"One of the top ten books ever written about Latin music."
Charles Perrone
"The coverage is complete.... Above all, this welcome survey is responsible and reliable."
Don Heckman
"It continues to be the most informative -- and eminently readable -- book about Brazilian popular music."
Fernando Gonzalez
"An informed, useful introduction to Brazilian music."
Randal Johnson
"Well researched...its breadth of coverage is impressive."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566395441
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Edition description:
NEW
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
7.27(w) x 10.33(h) x 0.89(d)

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Meet the Author

Chris McGowan has written about Brazilian music for The Huffington Post, Billboard, Musician, and many other publications, and contributed to The Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture. He has been interviewed about Brazilian music and culture by the New York Times, BBC, AirTalk, and various NPR affiliates.

Ricardo Pessanha has worked as a Brazilian music consultant for foreign journalists, music producers, and filmmakers and as a music lecturer for academic programs. He has been a translator and publicity writer for recording companies in Brazil and contributed articles to The Beat and other publications. He is the co-author of the musical biography "Caetano Veloso: L'âme brésilienne," in French.

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