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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"Caetano Veloso has personified Brazilian music for over thirty-five years. Here, in his highly acclaimed memoir, he tells how he and a group of friends from the Northeastern state of Bahia created tropicalismo--and in so doing blew apart the status quo of Brazilian culture. As a young man, Caetano (as fans of all ages call him) rebelled against the influx of commercial, American-imported rock, choosing instead to follow in the path of bossa nova's master, Joo Gilberto, in devising an alternative. Tropicalismo aimed to 'cannibalize' the beauty and richness of Brazil's folk songs while assimilating the most original elements of Anglo-American pop, creating a music that has earned fans as diverse as Beck and David Byrne. Tropicalismo also celebrated personal freedom in politics, music, and lifestyle. This 'rabble-rousing,' as the government saw it, caused Caetano to be arrested for two months and exiled to London for three years. He returned to Brazil a national hero. Interweaving a rich national history with snapshots of its most idealistic generation, Caetano talks of everything from his imprisonment and exile, to the flood of teenage girls who accompanied him to his wedding, to his admiration for an unlikely rock star--Mick Jagger. Tropical Truth also tells of a brilliant constellation of artists, including Caetano's sister Maria Bethnia, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, and Tom Z. What emerges in Tropical Truth is an unforgettable portrait of 'one of the [1960s'] great composers, period' (New York Times Book Review)"--
 

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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  - 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

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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
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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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