The Brazilian Sound: Samba, Bossa Nova and the Popular Music of Brazil [NOOK Book]

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

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Overview

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.
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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."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013292178
  • Publisher: Culture Planet
  • Publication date: 10/22/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 267
  • 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2011

    Comprehensive and Entertaining

    Now in its third edition, this is a great introduction to Brazilian music and it covers all the major figures, from Pixinguinha to Antonio Carlos Jobim to Milton Nascimento to Marisa Monte, as well samba, MPB, bossa nova, choro, frevo, forró, maracatu, axe music, Brazilian jazz, rock, and many other genres. They also have updated the book with looks at recent trends, including the exploding popularity in Brazil of musica sertaneja (their type of country music), Christian music, dance/techno, guitarrada, rap, and funk carioca (or baile funk as it is sometimes called). Having "The Brazilian Sound" available now as an ebook is a big plus.

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

    The Definitive Guide to Brazilian Music

    For anyone with an interest in Brazilian culture or music, this book is a must. It will introduce you to a host of some of the planet's best musicians and performers, most unknown north of the Amazon. The rhythms, styles and currents of Brazilian music are as diverse as any place in the world, and "The Brazilian Sound" details the origins and practices of it all, from bossa nova and samba, to forro, maracatu, axe, frevo, and pagode, the popular wing of samba. This edition expands coverage of the pagode scene (one of my favorites), spotlights Old Guard performers as well as stars like Zeca Pagodinho, and profiles a seemingly endless crop of stellar female artists--Joyce, Marisa Monte, Vanessa da Mata, Bebel Gilberto, Adriana Calcanhotta, Maria Rita. With artist interviews, lyric excerpts (in English), details on the musical instruments (cuica to surdo to cavaquinho), coverage of all the regional musics and on-scene photos, this labor of love really does have everything you want to know about Brazilian music, which is a lot. I'm a longtime Brazilian music nut who learned a lot from this superb book.

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

    The Brazilian Sound is the Bible of Brazilian Music

    This comprehensive survey of Brazilian music covers the full range of this most vital art form: from forró to frevo, from MPB to Milton, it's all here! The encyclopedic work-now in its third newly updated edition-includes hundreds of photos, complete historical information on all styles, and extended discographies ideal for starting and growing your own world-class Brazilian CD collection. The best reference volume of its kind, this is a very welcome addition to the growing roster of definitive reference works that have been digitized for the Nook.

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