A fascinating and inspiring collection of essays on rock music's fifty-year journey through the Americas. Read it to understand that Anglo-Saxon rock is neither the only rock story nor even the most interesting (but be warned that it left me with a list of records that I'll have to spend the rest of my lifetime tracking down).
Every nation in the Americas—from indigenous Peru to revolutionary Cuba—has been touched by the cultural and musical impact of rock. Rockin’ Las Américas is the first book to explore the production, dissemination, and consumption of rock music throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, Brazil, the Andes, and the Southern Cone as well as among Latinos in the United States.
The contributors include experts in music, history, literature, culture, sociology, and anthropology, as well as practicing <I>rockeros</I> and <I>rockeras</I>. The multidisciplinary, transnational, and comparative perspectives they bring to the topic serve to address a broad range of fundamental questions about rock in Latin and Latino America, including: Why did rock become such a controversial cultural force in the region? In what ways has rock served as a medium for expressing national identities? How are unique questions of race, class, and gender inscribed in Latin American rock? What makes Latin American rock Latin American? <I>Rockin’ Las Américas</I> is an essential book for anyone who hopes to understand the complexities of Latin American culture today.
From La Onda Chicana in Mexico to doo-wop in revolutionary Cuba, from Brazilian soul to punk rockeras in East Los Angeles, . . . [Rockin' Las Americas] offers the most comprehensive and multidisciplinary analysis of the ways in which rock musics have embodied the conflicts of the times in Latin America and in Latino U.S.A.
Reflects the individual expertise of the contributors as well as their broad familiarity with international cultural theory. . . .One of the main strengths [is] the way in which nearly all of the contributors locate national and local rock artists in larger transnational flows. . . Chock-full of subtle insights.
Every essay in this book is worth reading, because each offers a complex reading of thriving and engaging cultural phenomena.
The importance of this book resides not only in its revealing documentation and analysis of rock en espanol, but in its implicit call for a rewriting of rock history as a global phenomenon from the outset.