Agustin Lara: A Cultural Biography

Agustin Lara: A Cultural Biography

by Andrew Grant Wood

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Agustin Lara: A Cultural Biography by Andrew Grant Wood

Few Mexican musicians in the twentieth century achieved as much notoriety or had such an international impact as the popular singer and songwriter Agustín Lara (1897-1970). Widely known as "el flaco de oro" ("the Golden Skinny"), this remarkably thin fellow was prolific across the genres of bolero, ballad, and folk. His most beloved "Granada", a song so enduring that it has been covered by the likes of Mario Lanza, Frank Sinatra, and Placido Domingo, is today a standard in the vocal repertory. However, there exists very little biographical literature on Lara in English. In Agustín Lara: A Cultural Biography, author Andrew Wood's informed and informative placement of Lara's work in a broader cultural context presents a rich and comprehensive reading of the life of this significant musical figure. Lara's career as a media celebrity as well as musician provides an excellent window on Mexican society in the mid-twentieth century and on popular culture in Latin America. Wood also delves into Lara's music itself, bringing to light how the composer's work unites a number of important currents in Latin music of his day, particularly the bolero. With close musicological focus and in-depth cultural analysis riding alongside the biographical narrative, Agustin Lara: A Cultural Biography is a welcome read to aficionados and performers of Latin American musics, as well as a valuable addition to the study of modern Mexican music and Latin American popular culture as a whole.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199892457
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 07/11/2014
Series: Currents in Latin American and Iberian Music Series
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,164,298
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Andrew Grant Wood is Stanley Rutland Associate Professor of American History at the University of Tulsa.

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