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Posted October 24, 2011
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
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 25, 2011
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.