The Brazilian Sound: Samba, Bossa Nova, and the Popular Music of Brazil

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The Brazilian Sound: Samba, Bossa Nova, and the Popular Music of Brazil

Format:  Paperback,

267 pages

Edition: Revised

Publisher: Temple Univ Pr

Publish Date: Dec 2008

ISBN-13: 9781592139293

ISBN-10: 1592139299

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Publisher: Temple Univ Pr
Publish Date: Dec 2008
ISBN-13: 9781592139293
ISBN-10: 1592139299
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 267
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.05
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.0 x 9.5 x 0.5

Chapter outline

Five Centuries of Music
Samba: The Heartbeat of Rio
Bossa Nova: The New Way
MPB: A Musical Rainbow
Minas Gerais: Musical Treasure
Bahia of All the Saints
North by Northeast
Brazilian Instrumental Music and Jazz
Tropical Rock
More Brazilian Sounds
Select Bibliography
Resources - Select Discography
Additional Reference CDs, Select DVDs, Internet Resources (in English), Internet Resources (in Portuguese), Independent Labels in Brazil


Review by Library Journal (2008-11-15)

Originally published in 1991 and revised in 1998, this book has been revised and expanded again to be bigger and better than the previous highly praised incarnations. Ten years on, the music is still evolving, with many new artists and hybridizations, and McGowan and Pessanha are certainly keeping up with the changes. Their book features new coverage of funk, rap, and hip-hop and profiles new samba artists as well as artists on the rise in electronic dance music and other genres.

Now that the Internet has made it easier to find and explore once-exotic musical genres, people looking for information about all the kinds of music in Brazil will love this book. Lavishly illustrated with 175 black-and-white photos, 12 maps, and 12 figures, it covers the remarkable breadth of Brazilian music in a highly readable, lively manner. Highly recommended for all public libraries and world music collections, even those owning an earlier edition.

-Bill Walker, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., Manteca, CA

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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