• Title: Brutality Garden: Tropicalia and the Emergence of a Brazilian Counterculture
  • Author: Christopher Dunn
  • ISBN: 9780807849767
  • Page: 201
  • Format: Paperback
  • Brutality Garden Tropicalia and the Emergence of a Brazilian Counterculture In the late s Brazilian artists forged a watershed cultural movement known as Tropicalia Music inspired by that movement is today enjoying considerable attention at home and abroad Few new listen
    In the late 1960s, Brazilian artists forged a watershed cultural movement known as Tropicalia 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 governeIn the late 1960s, Brazilian artists forged a watershed cultural movement known as Tropicalia 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, Tropicalia 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 Ze 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 tropical garden and the daily brutality visited upon its citizens.

    One Reply to “Brutality Garden: Tropicalia and the Emergence of a Brazilian Counterculture”

    1. This was a very thoroughly researched, extremely informative work on the extensive history of the musical movement known as Tropicalia in Brazil in the 1960s-early '70s (and beyond)and the greater social, racial, ethnic, political, and economic contexts in which it was bred, as well as its lasting effects on questions of national identity, racial politics, the legacy of European colonialism and American neocolonialism, etc. in Brazil. I would have loved to have given this 5 stars. However, there [...]

    2. A nice description of Brazilian political and social history through the sounds of the Tropicalia movement. Covers a lot more than just the music of Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Os Mutantes etc. but the descriptions of the politics and social movements of the latter half of the 20th century put the music in context.I thought it was a good companion to the BBC 4 documentaries (Brazil, Brazil) you can find on Youtube.

    3. At times this inflicts the grinding style of academia upon the reader, but this is also THE place to get the lowdown on one of the most fascinating musical (make that artistic) movements of the 20th century. I learned a ton.

    4. This book is well written and the content is articulated in a clear and organized way. I learned quite a bit about Tropicalia during the 60's and the counterculture in Brazil in the 70's; the content is very factual. It probably helps to have previous interest in Brazilian culture and music to think this book as interesting rather than dry and factual.

    5. This is an awesome book, great background behind Os Mutantes, Caetano Veloso, Jorge Ben, Gal Costa, and other Tropicalia luminaries.

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