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Brutality Garden
Author: Christopher Dunn

ISBN: 9780807849767
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 30 September 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6 x 1.7
Description:
In the late 1960s, Brazilian artists forged a watershed cultural movement known as TropicAAlia. Music inspired by that movement is today enjoying considerable attention at home and abroad. Few new listeners, however, make the connection between this music and the circumstances surrounding its creation, the most violent and repressive days of the military regime that governed Brazil from 1964 to 1985. With key manifestations in theater, cinema, visual arts, literature, and especially popular music, TropicAAlia dynamically articulated the conflicts and aspirations of a generation of young, urban Brazilians.

Focusing on a group of musicians from Bahia, an impoverished state in northeastern Brazil noted for its vibrant Afro-Brazilian culture, Christopher Dunn reveals how artists including Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, and Tom ZAA(c) created this movement together with the musical and poetic vanguards of Sao Paulo, Brazil's most modern and industrialized city. He shows how the tropicalists selectively appropriated and parodied cultural practices from Brazil and abroad in order to expose the fissure between their nation's idealized image as a peaceful tropi...

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