Tejano Proud: Tex-Mex Music in the Twentieth Century

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Texas A&M University Press, 2002 - Music - 192 pages
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From the dance halls to the main stage, from small town Texas to the big cities, and from treasured local cultural traditions to the national display of Mexican Texas' finest talent, música tejana is rapidly becoming known as a rich and vibrant form of American music. In Tejano Proud: Tex-Mex Music in the Twentieth Century, Guadalupe San Miguel, Jr., chronicles the many dimensions of this important musical form.

Rooted in Mexican culture and shaped by influences from the United States and the rest of the world, the diversity and complexity of this music give an expression to the people and the borderlands culture from which the music grew. San Miguel provides an engaging history of the evolution of música tejana—its ups and downs and its importance to Mexican Texas culture in the context of Anglo-Mexican relations. He also discusses the more recent development of the Tejano recording industry and the role women have begun to play in an industry long dominated by men.

The twentieth century has seen Texas Mexican music balance between the traditional and the modern, remaining rooted in Mexico while taking nourishment from Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and the United States. This music has helped shape the daily experiences of Mexican Texans. Today, the music's biggest stars are seen as affirming representations of Tejano ethnic pride.

Readers interested not only in music, but also in ethnic studies and popular culture, will appreciate the broad spectrum covered in Tejano Proud: Tex-Mex Music of the Twentieth Century.

 

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some parts of the book are ok...but there are many many inaccuracies. not a lot of research went into it. there are other books out there with much better and detailed information. just fyi

Contents

Música Tejana Its Essential Elements
3
Diversity and Change in the Initial Recordings 192741
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PostWorld War II Developments 194664
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Before the Arrival of the Major Record Labels 196489
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The Era of Corporate Involvement 198999
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Trends in Música Tejana during the 1990s
113
Conclusion
129
Discography
137
Tejano Music Awards 19812000
143
Notes
153
Bibliography
187
Index
189
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Guadalupe San Miguel, Jr., danced and listened his way across Texas to write this book. He currently resides with his family in Houston, Texas, where he is an associate professor of history at the University of Houston

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