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Song & Social Change in Latin America offers seven essays from a diverse group of scholars on the topic of music as a reflection of the many social-political upheavals throughout Latin America from the 20th century to the present. Topics covered include: the Tropicália movement in Brazil, the Nueva Canción in Central America, Rock in Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Peru, the Vallenato in Colombia, Trova in Cuba, and urban music of Puerto Rico in the mid-20th century. The collection also includes five interviews ...
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Overview

Song & Social Change in Latin America offers seven essays from a diverse group of scholars on the topic of music as a reflection of the many social-political upheavals throughout Latin America from the 20th century to the present. Topics covered include: the Tropicália movement in Brazil, the Nueva Canción in Central America, Rock in Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Peru, the Vallenato in Colombia, Trova in Cuba, and urban music of Puerto Rico in the mid-20th century. The collection also includes five interviews from prominent and up-and-coming musicians —Ruben Blades, Roy Brown, Habana Abierta, Ana Tijoux, and Mare— representing a variety of musical genres and political issues in Central America, the Caribbean, South America, and Mexico.
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Editorial Reviews

Greg Grandin
With a light hand, Lauren Shaw and the contributors to her edited collection, Song and Social Change in Latin America, wonderfully interpret the importance of song in postwar Latin American history, linking it to experiences of work, family, protest, and migration. The collection, which includes interviews with a number of musicians, reads like a poem or the liner notes to the soundtrack of a generation that took to heart Emma Goldman’s insistence that to be a revolutionary meant to affirm ‘life and joy’ though music and dance.
Peter Manuel
This volume presents useful documentation and perspectives on an important dimension of modern Latin American culture. Through song texts, scholarly interpretations, and revealing interviews with articulate artists, it provides much insight into an important chapter in the cultural history of the Americas, from Argentina to the Bronx.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739179499
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 4/4/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 270
  • File size: 858 KB

Meet the Author

Lauren Shaw is an associate professor of Spanish at Elmira College where she teaches Hispanic Studies in the Romance Language Program and hosts a Spanish language radio program called Voces.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Lauren Shaw

Part I: Music and Agency

Chapter 1: Singing the City, Documenting Modernization: Cortijo y su combo and the Insertion of the Urban in 1950s Puerto Rican Culture
Carmelo Esterrich

Chapter 2: Shattering Myths: Brazil: Brazil’s Tropicália Movement
John R. Baldwin and Phillip J. Chidester

Chapter 3: The Mockingbird Still Calls for Arlen: Central American Songs of Rebellion, 1970-2010
Juan Carlos Ureña

Chapter 4: Social Denunciation of the Politics of Fear: Rock Music through the Eighties in Argentina, Chile and Peru
Lisette Balabarca

Chapter 5: The Politics of Language, Class, and Nation in Mexico’s Rock en español Movement
Ignacio Corona

Chapter 6: Witnessing Forced Internal Displacement in Colombia Through Vallenato Music
Diana Rodríguez Quevedo

Chapter 7: Rich Poetry: Cuban Voices of Possibility
Lauren Shaw

Part II: Conversations on Music and Social Change

Ruben Blades, New York City

Habana Abierta, Madrid

Roy Brown, Mayagüez,

Ana Tijoux, Boston

Mare Advertencia Lirika, Oaxaca via Skype
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