Chilean New Song: The Political Power of Music, 1960s - 1973

Chilean New Song: The Political Power of Music, 1960s - 1973

by J Patrice McSherry


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Chilean New Song: The Political Power of Music, 1960s - 1973 by J Patrice McSherry

Chilean New Song (la Nueva Canción chilena) entranced and uplifted a country that struggled for social change during the turbulent 1960s and early 1970s, until the 1973 coup that overthrew democratic socialist president Salvador Allende. This powerful musical style—with its poetic lyrics and haunting blend of traditional indigenous wind and stringed instruments—was born of and expressed the aspirations of rising classes. It promised a socially just future as it forged social bonding.  
In Chilean New Song, J. Patrice McSherry deftly combines a political-historical view of Chile with a narrative of its cultural development. She examines the democratizing power of this music and, through interviews with key protagonists, the social roles of politically committed artists who participated in a movement for change. McSherry explores the impact of Chilean New Song and the way this artistic/cultural phenomenon related to contemporary politics to capture the passion, pain, and hope of millions of Chileans. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439911525
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 05/01/2015
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

J. Patrice McSherry is a Professor of Political Science at Long Island University and a Visiting Professor at Alberto Hurtado University in Santiago. She is the author of Predatory States: Operation Condor and Covert War in Latin America and Incomplete Transition: Military Power and Democracy in Argentina and the co-editor (with John Ehrenberg, José Ramón Sánchez, and Caroleen Marji Sayej) of The Iraq Papers.

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Movement of Musical Identity in Chile (1950-1973): The River of Cultures José Seves S. vii

Preface and Acknowledgments xvii

1 La Nueva Cancidn and Its Significance 1

2 Art and Politics Intertwined in Chile: A Selected History 26

3 The Emergence of la Nueva Canción Chilena 52

4 La Nueva Canción and the Unidad Popular 86

5 Politically Committed Artists and Their Music 115

6 Musical and Political Contributions of la Nueva Canción 140

7 The Coup and Its Aftermath 166

8 Conclusion 180

Notes 191

Index 219

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