Brutality Garden: Tropicália and the Emergence of a Brazilian Counterculture / Edition 1

Brutality Garden: Tropicália and the Emergence of a Brazilian Counterculture / Edition 1

by Christopher Dunn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807849766

ISBN-13: 9780807849767

Pub. Date: 10/15/2001

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

In the late 1960s, Brazilian artists forged a watershed cultural movement known as Tropicalia. Music inspired by that movement is today enjoying considerable attention at home and abroad. Few new listeners, however, make the connection between this music and the circumstances surrounding its creation, the most violent and repressive days of the military regime that

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In the late 1960s, Brazilian artists forged a watershed cultural movement known as Tropicalia. Music inspired by that movement is today enjoying considerable attention at home and abroad. Few new listeners, however, make the connection between this music and the circumstances surrounding its creation, the most violent and repressive days of the military regime that governed Brazil from 1964 to 1985. With key manifestations in theater, cinema, visual arts, literature, and especially popular music, Tropicalia dynamically articulated the conflicts and aspirations of a generation of young, urban Brazilians.

Focusing on a group of musicians from Bahia, an impoverished state in northeastern Brazil noted for its vibrant Afro-Brazilian culture, Christopher Dunn reveals how artists including Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, and Tom Ze created this movement together with the musical and poetic vanguards of Sao Paulo, Brazil's most modern and industrialized city. He shows how the tropicalists selectively appropriated and parodied cultural practices from Brazil and abroad in order to expose the fissure between their nation's idealized image as a peaceful tropical "garden" and the daily brutality visited upon its citizens.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807849767
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
10/15/2001
Edition description:
1
Pages:
276
Sales rank:
862,318
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction1
Ch. 1Poetry for Export: Modernity, Nationality, and Internationalism in Brazilian Culture12
Ch. 2Participation, Pop Music, and the Universal Sound37
Ch. 3The Tropicalist Moment73
Ch. 4In the Adverse Hour: Tropicalia Performed and Proscribed122
Ch. 5Tropicalia, Counterculture, and Afro-Diasporic Connections160
Ch. 6Traces of Tropicalia188
Notes215
Bibliography235
Discography247
Index249

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