Culture Is Our Weapon: Making Music and Changing Lives in Rio de Janeiro

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Penguin, Feb 23, 2010 - Social Science - 224 pages
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An inspiring mission to rescue young people from drugs and violence with music

At a time when interest in Brazilian culture has reached an all-time high, and the stories of one person's ability to improve the lives of others has captured so many hearts, this unique book takes readers to the frontlines of a battle raging over control of the nation's poorest areas. Culture Is Our Weapon tells the story of Grupo Cultural AfroReggae, a Rio-based organization employing music and an appreciation for black culture to inspire residents of the favelas, or shantytowns, to resist the drugs that are ruining their neighborhoods. This is an inspiring look at an artistic explosion and the best and worst of Brazilian society.
 

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Contents

Leida
Thecobertura
Bulletins from the front line
History
Vigário Geral
Other choices
Thearrastão17
The massacre
Invasion
Mediators
Olheiros76
Vapores
Cultural invaders
Why the police are corrupt
Nourishing the monster
Legally licensed to kill

Now
The dream
Cuco
The kidnap
The trafficking life
Getting out
The second kidnap
The future
The opponent
Civil society
Disarmament
Thebaile
The DJ
Prohibitedfunk
Tim Lopes
AfroReggaesnúcleo
The work
Clases perigosas
Peace justice liberty?56
É nós59
Vive e deixe viver66
Of water parks and torture houses
Eighteen days of peace
The monster of the Baixada
Informality and illegality
Andre
BT
Adriano
Survivors indeed
Last amongst equals
The invisible
Choices
Moving to the city
First victory
Batman
People potential and pragmatism
Capitalizing on capitalism
Three years on
Taking Over
Naming the fallen
Militias
Changes for the better?
West London to Colombia
Providência
Paradoxes
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Patrick Neate lives in London and Zambia. He is the author of three novels, and in 2001 he won England's Whitbread Award. He has published articles in many leading music magazines, including The Face, Mixmag, and Time Out, and an excerpt of the book will appear in Trace magazine's forthcoming anthology of hip-hop writing.

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