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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.

"Perhaps the best survey in English of Brazilian popular music. Covers from 19th-century genres such as modinhas up to 1980s Brazilian rock. ...

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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.

"Perhaps the best survey in English of Brazilian popular music. Covers from 19th-century genres such as modinhas up to 1980s Brazilian rock. Includes invaluable descriptions of styles, musical instruments, and short biographical data on composers and singers. Reviewed in Notes, Vol. 50, No. 1, 1993, p. 200-201. Useful introduction to Brazilian music"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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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
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  • ISBN-13: 9780823076734
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/1991
  • Pages: 208

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