Tropical Truth: A Story of Music and Revolution in Brazil

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Da Capo Press, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 354 pages
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Rebelling against the Elvis-based, American-imported rock scene in late '60s Brazil, Caetano Veloso suffused lyrical Brazilian folksongs with fuzz guitar, avant-jazz, and electronic music-and in doing so blew apart the status quo of Brazilian culture. Caetano and the movement he catalyzed, tropicalia, urged an adoption of personal freedom in politics, music, and lifestyle. His "rabble-rousing," as the government saw it, would get Caetano and his comrade Gilberto Gil arrested and exiled to London to wait out the military dictatorship. His fame increasing by the year, Caetano focused on writing songs about his homeland, returning to Brazil as a national hero-a mantle he still wears today. His most recent album, Live in Bahia, was released to international critical and popular acclaim.
  

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Review: Tropical Truth: A Story Of Music And Revolution In Brazil

User Review  - Kris - Goodreads

Liked this book a lot, mostly for the narrative voice. It reads like a grandfather's recollections sound, if you are fortunate enough to have a grandpa as badass and brilliant as Caetano. It's riddled ... Read full review

Review: Tropical Truth: A Story Of Music And Revolution In Brazil

User Review  - Lauren - Goodreads

One of the best books about creating culture I have ever read. Read full review

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Contents

Elvis and Marilyn
11
Bossa Nova
22
Brazilian Rock
28
Bethania and Ray Charles
33
Bahian Interlude
52
Anguish
58
Useful Landscape
69
Domingo
75
Panis et Circencis
165
Prohibiting Is Prohibited
187
Divine Marvelous
195
Narcissus on Vacation
219
Tough Luck 69
263
London London
270
Language
278
Elective Affinities
285

Bahiunos
89
Alegria Alegria
95
Sunday in the Park
112
Tropicalia
117
2OO2
128
Concrete Poetry
133
Avantgarde
150
Anthropophagy
154
Love It or Leave It
292
Back in Bahia
300
Araca Azul
315
Path
321
Glossary of Brazilian Terms
334
Index
340
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

Caetano Veloso--musician, filmmaker, poet, and revolutionary-was born in 1942 in Bahia, Brazil. He lives in Bahia and Rio de Janeiro.

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