Rockin' Las Americas: The Global Politics of Rock in Latin/o America / Edition 1

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Every nation in the Americas—from indigenous Peru to revolutionary Cuba—has been touched by the cultural and musical impact of rock. Rockin’ Las Américas is the first book to explore the production, dissemination, and consumption of rock music throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, Brazil, the Andes, and the Southern Cone as well as among Latinos in the United States.

The contributors include experts in music, history, literature, culture, sociology, and anthropology, as well as practicing rockeros and rockeras. The multidisciplinary, transnational, and comparative perspectives they bring to the topic serve to address a broad range of fundamental questions about rock in Latin and Latino America, including: Why did rock become such a controversial cultural force in the region? In what ways has rock served as a medium for expressing national identities? How are unique questions of race, class, and gender inscribed in Latin American rock? What makes Latin American rock Latin American? Rockin’ Las Américas is an essential book for anyone who hopes to understand the complexities of Latin American culture today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822958413
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 5/9/2004
  • Series: Illuminations Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Mapping rock music cultures across the Americas 1
La Onda Chicana : Mexico's forgotten rock counterculture 22
Between rock and a hard place : negotiating rock in revolutionary Cuba, 1960-1980 43
Black Pau : uncovering the history of Brazilian soul 68
Boricua rock : Puerto Rican by necessity! 91
The politics and anti-politics of Uruguayan rock 115
"A contrera corriente" : a history of women rockers in Mexico 142
"Soy punkera, y que?" : sexuality, translocality, and punk in Los Angeles and beyond 160
On how Bloque de Busqueda lost part of its name : the predicament of Colombian rock in the U.S. market 179
Let me sing my BRock : learning to listen to Brazilian rock 200
Guatemala's Alux Nahual : a non-"Latin American" Latin American rock group? 220
My generation : rock and la Banda's forced survival opposite the Mexican state 241
Neoliberalism and rock in the popular sectors of contemporary Argentina 261
A detour to the past : memory and mourning in Chilean post-authoritarian rock 290
The Nortec edge : border traditions and "Electronica" in Tijuana 312
Esperando La Ultima Ola = Waiting for the last wave : Manu Chao and the music of globalization 332
Afterword : a changeable template of rock in Las Americas 347
App Rock in Latin America 357
Notes 363
Selected bibliography 395
Contributors 405
Index 409
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