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From the PublisherThis very readable book provides an interpretation of an aspect of the Brazilian culture that has remained unexplored until now.
An important contribution . . . . to today's lively multidisciplinary discussion about race, nation, and popular culture.
Estudios Interdisciplinarios de America Latina y El Caribe
Hermano Vianna's new book is a valiant effort to make sense of both [Brazil's music and culture].
A wonderfully knowledgeable and thoughtful investigation of how Brazil and samba helped create each other.
Alma Guillermoprieto, author of Samba
A subtle and convincing analysis of the connection between popular culture and its manipulation by the elite.
Thomas E. Skidmore, Brown University