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Rock en Espanol: The Latin Alternative Rock Explosion
     

Rock en Espanol: The Latin Alternative Rock Explosion

by Ernesto Lechner, Saul Hernandez (Foreword by)
 

The most exciting music to come out of Latin America in the last 15 years belongs to the genre known as rock en español—the fusion of Anglo alt-rock with Latin folklore that is examined in this volume. What began as a cult movement in the late 1960s has blossomed into a popular phenomenon that embodies the eclectic aesthetic of Hispanic youth. The author

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The most exciting music to come out of Latin America in the last 15 years belongs to the genre known as rock en español—the fusion of Anglo alt-rock with Latin folklore that is examined in this volume. What began as a cult movement in the late 1960s has blossomed into a popular phenomenon that embodies the eclectic aesthetic of Hispanic youth. The author has followed the development of the genre for years, spending time with the artists, watching them in concert, and conducting numerous interviews. This is his definitive account of a movement that has forever changed the history of Latin American music—and expanded the boundaries of rock. Included are intimate and insightful portraits not only of older big-name acts like Café Tacvba, Fabulosos Cadillacs, Aterciopelados, Caifanes, and Soda Stereo, but also of newer acts like Julieta Venegas, Los Amigos Invisibles, El Gran Silencio, Orishas, and the Nortec Collective. Newcomers to these sounds will find in this book a thorough introduction to the genre, as it also contains a discography of its 100 essential albums. Aficionados will appreciate the book's in-depth commentary, anecdotes, and inside stories.

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From the Publisher

"Gives so much insight into the Latin Alternative Rock genre. The reader is in good hands with Ernesto!"  —Jimmy Smits

"Recommended."  —Library Journal

"A valuable introduction to music that will become more important in the future."  —The City Paper

"A culturally poignant and timely book, fit not only for south-of-the-border musical awareness but one that could be used as a springboard into current U.S. social and political discussions as well."  —INK19

The City Paper
A valuable introduction to music that will become more important in the future.

INK19
A culturally poignant and timely book, fit not only for south-of-the-border musical awareness but one that could be used as a springboard into current US social and political discussions as well.

Library Journal
Nearly every rock fan has heard of Carlos Santana; a much smaller number will have heard of the bands in this book, which presents 20 chapters detailing the careers and musical contributions of most of the leading "below the U.S. border" rock musicians writing and recording songs in Spanish. Lechner has been tuned in to this music scene for the past 15 years and has written extensively about it in publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times to Rolling Stone. Here, he covers such musical pioneers as Caf Tacuba and Los Fabulosos Cadillacs with descriptions of the music that will make readers want to seek it out. Even though the market for these musicians is still largely in Latin America, many of the bigger names do have crossover potential. With a discography of 100 essential albums and a foreword by Saul Hernandez, founder/vocalist of the popular group Caifanes (later Jaguares), this work is recommended for all music libraries and for public libraries serving Spanish-speaking patrons. (Twenty-six black-and-white photos not seen.)-Bill Walker, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556526039
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/2006
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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Meet the Author


Ernesto Lechner is a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. His writings on music have appeared in such publications as Billboard, Interview, People en español, Rolling Stone, and Vibe. Saul Hernandez was the founder and vocalist of Caifanes, which later became Jaguares, one of the most popular rock bands in Mexico and Latin America.

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