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

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

by Chris McGowan
 

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Here is an illustrated guide to the rich music of Brazil—its history, styles, performers, instruments, and impact on musicians around the globe. From the boisterous rhythms of samba to the cool elegance of bossa nova to the hot percussion of Bahian axé music, The Brazilian Sound celebrates a world music phenomenon. This revised and expanded edition

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Here is an illustrated guide to the rich music of Brazil—its history, styles, performers, instruments, and impact on musicians around the globe. From the boisterous rhythms of samba to the cool elegance of bossa nova to the hot percussion of Bahian axé music, The Brazilian Sound celebrates a world music phenomenon. This revised and expanded edition includes discussions of developments in samba and other key genres, the rise of female singer-songwriters in recent years, new works by established artists, current Brazilian jazz and instrumental music, the mixing of bossa nova with electronica, and the popularity of Brazilian funk, hip hop and sertaneja (country) music. This clearly written and lavishly illustrated encyclopedic survey features new entries and photographs, an extensive glossary of Brazilian music terms and more.

Editorial Reviews

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

BN ID:
2940013292178
Publisher:
Culture Planet
Publication date:
10/22/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
267
Sales rank:
799,723
File size:
3 MB

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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